Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Picture of the Day #10 - Sallah

Muslims perform ritual prayer (salah) five times a day.  Here is a man doing so in the middle of a parking lot, on his prayer rug.  Occasionally you see people even pulling over to the side of the road so they can face the direction of Mecca (qibla) and pray.
This is one of the aspects I have loved the most about living here.  I love seeing people who believe very strongly in the faith that they follow, and who are not ashamed to practice what they preach.

I see the same thing among Jewish people.  They read the Torah (first five books of the Old Testament) very regularly, and know it from front to back.  I love to watch them read the Torah while riding the bus or at the Western Wall.

There is a lot to be said about the Middle East, and Israel specifically, but one thing that isn't talked about enough is what good people live here.  What you see on the news back in the States is not representative of the every day Palestinian and Israeli who want nothing more than to be safe, raise a family, and practice their religion.  They are GOOD PEOPLE.

I will always admire them for that.

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