Hine Ma Tov
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Lyrics and Transliteration
The lyrics, in Hebrew, read: .הִנֵּה מַה טוֹב וּמַה נָּעִים שֶׁבֶת אָחִים גַּם יַחַד
Hine(y) ma tov u’ma-nayim
Shevet ach-im gam ya-chad
Or in Romanized Biblical Hebrew:
Hinneh mah Tov umah naʿiym
sheveth aḥiym gam yaḥadh
Origins and translation
.הִנֵּה מַה טוֹב = Hine mah tov
Behold how good
וּמַה נָּעִים = uMah-Nayim
and how pleasing
Yachad is from the word Yachid which means absolute unity and has a higher connotation than just peace and harmony.
It is for this reason that the word "Yachad" has a higher connotation in that it also implies unity with the Creator and not just with other people. Simply put, it implies an ascended level of universal consciousness.
Hine Ma Tov continues to be a popular hymn for Shabbat feasts and is the basis for several Israeli folk dances. It has been recorded by artists as diverse as Dalida, Meir Finkelstein, Ishtar, the Miami Boys Choir, the Abayudaya of Uganda and the dub group Adonai and I. Harry Belafonte recorded a version on his 1960 album, Belafonte Returns to Carnegie Hall. Matisyahu has recorded a version of it too.
In popular entertainment
In the 1977 television film Raid on Entebbe, Yonathan Netanyahu and Sammy Berg lead the Israeli commandos in singing the refrain while the commandos' plane is en route to rescue the hostages. It is also played during the closing credits. The song also features in the 1990 film Europa Europa where the lyrics are translated as How sweet it is to be sitting, surrounded by all of your brothers.
- The Holy Bible, King James version at Bartleby.net http://www.bartleby.net/108/19/133.html
- e.g version by Silvio Berlfein - to music by Moshe Jacobson