Rudee, who found the song's melody and lyrics haunting, was in Jerusalem attending a lecture when an air raid siren went off forcing her and 34 others into a bomb shelter. Once inside, the group "instinctively formed into a circle" she wrote of the experience. Led by a rabbi, the group began one by one to sing the song and sway from side to side. "Some cried, some were shaking, but everyone's arms were around the person next to them," she wrote.
A second hearing of the song, this time on YouTube, showed a group of IDF soldiers about to go into battle in Gaza singing it over and over: More