Sahki Sahki, video loop of 4;02 minutes. Eitan Ben Moshe, 2020.

The name of this video is two words in Hebrew (שחקי, שחקי) which are the opening words of this famous song by Shaul Tchernichovsky. Several proposals have been made to make the song the anthem of the State of Israel, alongside or in the place of "Hatikva". The relevant proposal was made by Muhammad Bracha and Avraham Burg. For the song has a universal message and is, therefore, better in their eyes than the "hope" of a distinctly Jewish character. The melody of this song originates from a Russian folk song about the Don River. As with many folklore songs in Israel the Russian folk songs are rooted deep in the melodies and words. the soundtrack of this video is an opposite direction processing of one of the performances of this song.


I Believe (Sahki, Sahki שחקי, שחקי)

Shaul Tchernichovsky

Rejoice, rejoice now in the dreams

I the dreamer am he who speaks

Rejoice, for I’ll have faith in mankind

For in mankind I believe.

For my soul still yearns for freedom

I’ve not sold it to a calf of gold

For I shall yet have faith in mankind

In its spirit great and bold

That will cast off binding chains

Raise us up, hold high our heads

Workers will not die of hunger

For souls – release, for poor folk – bread.

Rejoice for I have faith in friendship

I’ll find a heart – in this I’ve faith –

A heart that shares in all my hopes,

A heart that feels both joy and pain.

And I shall keep faith in the future,

Though the day be yet unseen

Surely it will come when nations

All live in blessed peace.

Then my people too will flourish

And a generation shall arise

In the land, shake off its chains

And see light in every eye.

It shall live, love, accomplish, labor

In the land it is alive

Not in the future, not in heaven –

And its spirit shall henceforth thrive.

A poet shall sing a new anthem,

His heart aware of beauty sublime

For him, that young man, above my tomb

Blossoms in a wreath shall twine.

Written in Odessa in 1892. Translated from Hebrew

by Vivian Eden.