Jewish music goes as far back as the Bible. The Jewish people even sang and danced when God miraculously saved them from the hands of the Egyptians. And King David was the most talented musician and used song and dance as a way to connect to God. Music is in the soul of the Jewish people.
And nowadays, it is no different. Music is not a foreign concept to the Jewish people. Jewish people all over the world use music as a means to connect to their ancestors in the past as well as future generations. In Israel, you will constantly find different Jews uniting and connecting through music.
When the Temple stood, the Levites sang out to God with beautiful voices. And in the daily prayers nowadays, the beginning texts are called Pesukei de-Zimrah, the “Verses of Song.” The prayers also end with Shir Shel Yom, or “The Song of the Day.” The list can go on and on about the centrality of music in Jewish life.
If I Forget Jerusalem
It is no wonder, then, that one of the ways to remember Jerusalem is through song. Jews have been yearning for Jerusalem for thousands of years. They even sang for Jerusalem when they were exiled to Babylonia. In Psalm 137, the Jews sang “If I forget you, Jerusalem.” These words have been used with countless tunes. When Jews sing these words, they are crying out to God and praying. And they are also remembering Jerusalem.
So how can anyone claim that Jerusalem does not belong to the Jewish people? It is not a place in the Bible that the Jews call ancient and forgot about. It has been in their thoughts and prayers for thousands of years. Who else has been singing about Jerusalem for thousands of years? No one. That is the answer. No one besides the Jewish nation has used the power of music to yearn for a 3,000 year old city.