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Middle Space in an Age of Left and Right

I have recently had several interesting conversations with my adult daughter. Growing up in our home, she was exposed to a wide variety of people and learned to respect those from vastly different communities and cultures. Our home was always open, and over the years we had many guests. Meal times were often occasions of deep and interesting conversations. She internalized values of respect for others, fairness, kindness and a sensitivity to issues of justice and human rights.  

How to pickle green olives - Palestinian Recipe

This month, many Palestinians go to their lands/farms to pick olives. It is the time where both immediate and distant family members come together to harvest their lands. Most of the olives picked will be turned into oil, and some will be pickled and eaten as a side dish throughout the year.  In honor of those who are sweating in their land and those denied access to it, we share a simple recipe of how to pickle your own olives.

Bee Delivery

A few weeks ago, my cousin visited from Italy. We were supposed to drive from the Galilee to Jerusalem together, and from there she would continue on her own to visit Hebron.

What About the Mothers-in-Law in the Christmas Story? Part 2

Alice: Today, as I was preparing my weekly kneidlach, my wonderful, gorgeous, handsome and talented son burst through the doors with the most amazing news! My boy, oh, he could have been so much more than a carpenter-lawyer, doctor, tax collector-he's a wonderful son!  Ah, but then he settled for Miriam and a small, provincial life in this one-camel town.  Ah well....maybe the Grandson will amount to something.

What About the Mothers-in-Law in the Christmas Story? Part 1

Goody Two Shoes:  You are not going to believe this, but last night Joseph came home and told us Mary, his fiancé, is pregnant!!! I was so shocked but I should have saved it because what came next topped the whole sorry tale...She (I can hardly utter her name-Mary)...she said God was responsible for getting her pregnant!!! How blasphemous!!! AS IF...Now I have heard some stories in the past about miracles and such, but this is ridiculous!

How to Iftar: From a Muslim to a non-Muslim

If you’re invited to an iftar  meal during Ramadan, here is a short description of what to expect, and some suggestions for what to bring with you.  

Each evening during Ramadan Muslims break their fast with the meal known as iftar. An iftar meal is full of juices, teas, sweets, and appetizers and sometimes even main dishes. It is a celebrated occasion each evening and family and friends (Muslim and non-Muslim) are often invited.

10 Questions Every Palestinian Parent Asks

In Palestine, people are eager to have their children get married. This is how it starts. When your son or daughter turn 25 they are considered ‘too old’ to find a spouse, and parents start the ‘Mr. or Mrs. Right’ search for them. The parents are worried they may fail in their task; in order to ensure success, they ask the neighborhood and the surrounding community to keep their eyes open.