Music: Join Our Happy Throng

The posters appeared all over Israel: HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO SHOW THE FOLKS BACK HOME WHAT ISRAEL'S ELEVENTH INDEPENDENCE DAY WAS LIKE. The smaller type advertised a 7½-minute documentary film presenting the highlights of Israel's Independence Day celebrations for the benefit of visiting members of B'nai B'rith. The souvenir film package sold briskly for 80 Israeli pounds ($37 at tourist rates) until a visitor from England made a startling discovery last week: the background music for much of the film was Sir Arthur Sullivan's fine old hymn, Onward, Christian Soldiers.

Red-faced officials at...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!