One hundred years ago, Naphtali Herz Imber, a Galician poet, wrote the words of what was to become the national anthem of the Jewish people in exile and, later, of the State of Israel–Hatikvah. To commemorate the anniversary, the Judaic Heritage Society commissioned twin projects, an eight-inch commemorative plate and a 1 1/2-inch commemorative medal, both designed by Oscar Harris and sculpted by Carter Jones. The plate portrays King David’s Tower in the Old City of Jerusalem, with the words of Hatikvah in English set against a background of the Jerusalem sky. The reverse of the plate is stamped with a replica of the original poem in Hebrew, written in the poet’s own hand. The medal shows a portrait of the poet and a facsimile of his hand-written poem.
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