Israel’s Hatikvah is one of the world’s most beautiful national anthems, a song filled with sadness and longing.
It’s also one of the most fascinating, with a history that involves everything from the Holocaust to some of the Middle East’s gravest crises.
And, slightly strangely, rappers love it too!
All of which should tell you it’s a brilliant subject for a talk, which is why I’m giving one on it at Milim – Leeds’ Jewish literary festival on 12 March, at 7:30pm. If you live in or near Leeds, come along and hear me. You can get tickets here.
You don’t have to be Jewish, by the way – I’m not – just interested in music and the world and tolerant of my occasional jokes. Milim’s a great festival. Last year, it was headlined by Howard Jacobson, so make sure you keep an eye out for their other events too. I’m really looking forward to it.