The Prophecy of Isaiah: V’haya b’aḥarit hayyamim was written to celebrate the opening of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1925 and was dedicated to that event. It is constructed on variant motifs of a traditional cantillation for the Haftara—the biblical prophetic readings as rendered in synagogue services—which then expand into a free emotional and expressive statement. There is also an instrumental version for violin and piano.
Sung in Hebrew
Isaiah 2: 2–4, Translation: JPS Tanakh 1999
In the days to come,
The Mount of the Lord’s House
Shall stand firm above the mountains
And tower above the hills;
And all the nations
Shall gaze on it with joy.
And the many peoples shall go and say:
Let us go up to the Mount of the Lord,
To the House of the God of Jacob;
That He may instruct us in His ways,
And that we may walk in His paths.”
For instruction shall come forth from Zion,
The word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
Thus He will judge among the nations
And arbitrate for the many peoples,
And they shall beat their swords into plowshares
And their spears into pruning hooks:
Nation shall not take up
Sword against nation;
They shall never again know war.
Performers: Barcelona Symphony-National Orchestra of Catalonia; Elli Jaffe, Conductor; Benzion Miller, Cantor
Orchestrator: Robert Elhai
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