Did you know that “Over the Rainbow” was not written about the mythical Land of Oz?
“Over the Rainbow” was written about the homeland of the Jews, which is Israel!
The lyrics were written by Yip Harburg, the youngest of four children born to Russian-Jewish immigrants. His real name was Isidore Hochberg, and he grew up in a Yiddish-speaking, Orthodox Jewish home in New York.
The song’s music was written by Harold Arlen, also a cantor’s son. His real name was Hyman Arluck, and his parents were from Lithuania.
Together, Hochberg and Arluck wrote “Over the Rainbow,” which was voted the 20th century’s SONG OF THE CENTURY by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.
In writing it, the two men reached deep into their immigrant Jewish consciousness—framed by the pogroms of the past and the Holocaust about to happen—and wrote an unforgettable melody set to near prophetic words.
“And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.”
We at L’Chaim commemorate “Holocaust Remembrance Day” each year, and we declare, “We Remember.”
And we honor those that dreamed of “the land that they heard once in a lullaby,” those that never saw the Promised Land, and those who rose from the ashes to make the dream a reality.
Love & Blessings,
Pastor Bruce and Suzi Elman
L’Chaim Messianic Congregation
Lake Worth, Florida