Entries by Hannah Stork

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Past, Present, and Paths in Between

“As-salaamu Alaykum!” we called in greeting, wishing peace upon the small figure sitting on the large rock ahead. “Walaykum as-salaam,” he responded, deftly deflecting the peace back upon us and pairing it with a bemused twist of his eyebrows. “We’re walking to the other side of this wadi. Do you know any good paths?” Silence. […]

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“Things We Don’t All See”

A Profile of Osama Cori As our group carefully picked its way down the wadi’s steep banks, I looked back and noticed that one white-hatted head had fallen behind. Crouched on a rocky outcropping, our companion gazed intently into the sky, apparently trying to focus his camera on some distant object. “Osama, what are we […]

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“In every community, there is something special”

“This is a traditional culture, but there are a lot of things that we can share.  In every culture in the world, there are things that we are creating.  In every community, there is something special.  In every community, we need to accept and believe in that.” Khadra Elsaneh, director of Sidreh – Lakiya Negev […]

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“Abraham Is a Notion that Half of Humankind Is Believing”

“Abraham is a notion that half of humankind is believing.  It’s a very low common denominator that connects people to something that’s easy to identify with.” When David Benshabat and his wife Tali moved to Har Amasa almost 20 years ago, the community was small – only ten or eleven families lived in the forested […]

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Kulli, kulli! Eat, Eat!

“Kulli! Eat!” Just barely remembering my manners, I uttered a quick “Shukran,” before taking my first bite, thanking the Palestinian woman placing heaping plates of rice and chicken and stuffed grape leaves on the table in front of me. My gratitude was entirely genuine, and I began to shovel the food down rapidly, eager to […]