Yerushalayim Shel Zahav – Natan and Ben

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Looking at a mizrachi-sounding version of Naomi Shemer’s classic, and comparing it with the original.

Screen and listen to the original interpretation of Shuli Nathan


If your learners are not familiar with the original song, you are encouraged to work through the information on Yael Levine’s website In particular, you might settle on Amos Oz’ critique of the lyrics at the time: The market was not empty – it was only  empty of Jews.


Screen and listen to the interpretation of Zehava Ben:


Some leading questions:


Suggestions for activity:

Make a search for images on the internet, and make a collection of images that would better suit the video made for the Zehava Ben version. It is worth playing around with the juxtapositions – ‘what would this image do if we saw it at this point in the song?’ Where technicalities allow, participants could be invited to make their own video clip of this song. [Download the audio through, and edit a new video version using moviemaker or any other standard movie editing software]


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  1. guy gelbart says:

    another very interesting version of the song would be the heavy metal version by Ha Yehudim.

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