HaYehudim (היהודים, lit. The Jews) is an Israeli hard rock band, formed in 1992 by married couple Tom Petrover and Orit Shachaf, who share guitar playing and vocal duties. The band has achieved tremendous success in Israel despite commercial disregard in its first years, and has sold over 200,000 albums in Israel.
The band is known for its energetic, upbeat songs and loud vocals. Many of their songs are charged with political and ideological flavor, though since none of their songs are clearly political in nature, much room is left for interpretation.
The band sings mostly in Hebrew, although in later albums they had several songs in English.
The band's first album, Metziut Nifredet (מציאות נפרדת, Separate Reality) was released in 1995 through Hed Arzi Music. Several music videos from the album were often played on Israeli television, but not on the radio and initially the album sold poorly. However the band continued playing live shows all over Israel, gaining a cult following. The debut album went gold in 1998, just a month before the release of the band's second and self-titled album. The second album was an immediate success despite continuing disregard from mainstream media, making HaYehudim one of the leading rock bands in Israel.