It has been a week, well slightly more than a week, filled with music. It began last Friday with a walk through the birth of Hatikva by Astrith Baltsan, a renown Israeli concert pianist and scholar. Students were captivated as she told the story of a complex song that reflects the character of the country that it represents. It was an incredible preparation for our return to school this past Monday for Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzma’ut.
Each of these days was marked by music. On Yom HaZikaron, we sang with mourning and longing in our hearts for those who had given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the state of Israel. Just as the mood shifted in Israel, so too here did our hearts lighten as we entered Yom Ha’atzma’ut. The senior class marked our celebrations by their incredible performance of the Prince of Egypt, completely in Hebrew. We wrapped up the day with songs of joy and hope.
Here is just a taste of the music that mirrored our emotions as we moved through the week.