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As they walk further into the market, the sound of an oud coming from a small café draws her in.

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Shula takes a breath and blows out the first few measures of the song Havah Nagila on her recorder.

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“‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ by Rimsky-Korsakov. Piano arrangement by Rachmaninoff,” Rachel says.

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“‘Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini op. 43.’ I have been studying Rachmaninoff’s latest work.”

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The next morning, Shula sits at the piano working on Bach’s Minuet in G.

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“What is it?” she asks. “What is it? It’s the score for the debut concert of the Palestine Orchestra,” he replies as he points at a line. Rachel gasps. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream!” she says.

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The next morning, Shula wakes to Leah singing along to “Heyvenu Shalom Aleichem” on the Hebrew Hour of the new Palestine Broadcasting Service.

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She pulls out the Hanon exercise book and opens to the first page.

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One of them breaks into the chorus of “Shoshana” and Shula joins in the singing of her favorite new song.

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She starts with Shir Haemek, The Song of the Valley.

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Hatikva (The Hope)

As long as the Jewish spirit within the heart yearns,

With eyes turned East, toward Zion,

Then our hope will not be lost

The 2,000-year-old hope

To be a free nation in our land,

The land of Zion and Jerusalem.

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“Maoz Tzur!” someone yells. She places her fingers on the keys and pounds out the stirring melody to the holiday tune she has played so many times before.


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“S’vivon Sov Sov Sov, Shula! Play the one about the dreidel,” he says.

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“The resolution of the UNSCOP committee of Palestine was adopted by thirty-three votes, thirteen against, ten abstentions.”

The Spielberg Jewish Film Archive - Day of Decision (1947)

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Lilach puts an arm around her and begins to sing the melancholy melody of Halikha Le-Kesarya.

My God, My God,
I pray that these things never end,
The sand and the sea,
The rustle of the waters,
Lightning of the Heavens,
The prayer of Man.

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Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel (David Ben-Gurion; English subtitles)

“Therefore we have convened,” Ben-Gurion continues, “we members of the People’s Council, representatives of the Hebrew community and the Zionist movement, on the day of the termination of the British Mandate over Eretz Israel, and from the power of our natural and historical right and on the basis of the resolution of the Assembly of the United Nations we hereby declare the establishment of the Jewish State in the Land of Israel, to be called the State of Israel.”

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One month later, Shula practices Chopin’s Polonaise- 17 Fantaisie, Op. 61, the piece inspired by a Polish lullaby Aunt Leah sang to her when she was little.

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She feels her shoulders tightening so she pulls out the Hanon book and turns to exercise sixty.

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Solomon’s friend, Paul, drives while whistling “New York, New York” from On the Town as they head south out of the city.

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The concert begins with Mozart — Piano Concerto No. 15 in B-flat Major, a light and airy piece.

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Next, he plays Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto and her fingers follow every note.

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Then, the oboe squeals out the first notes of Rhapsody in Blue, and the crowd roars its approval.

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She presents her teacher with her choice: Rachmaninoff’s Prelude Op. 23 No. 523, the piece that Emil Gilels played to uplift the Russian troops in 1942.

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Crying, she stumbles across her room and puts Rachmaninoff’s Trio Élégiaque No. 224 onto the small Solid State 78 record player.

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“What will you be playing?” “Rachmaninoff’s Prelude Op. 23 No. 525,” she says, and her voice sounds clear and strong.

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