David Byrne
David Byrne
Editorial, Solitary Confinement
Editorial, Solitary Confinement
Yotam Kritz, Israeli Soldier
Yotam Kritz, Israeli Soldier
Ernie Gross, Holocaust Survivor
Ernie Gross, Holocaust Survivor
Faleeha Hassan, Iraqi-Kurdish Poet and Refugee.
Faleeha Hassan, Iraqi-Kurdish Poet and Refugee.
 Zakiya Suleiman, Ghanan Global Health student
Zakiya Suleiman, Ghanan Global Health student
Serena Williams, women in sports
Serena Williams, women in sports
Vermeer's Milkmaid
Vermeer's Milkmaid
Editorial, "Getting in Touch with Nature"
Editorial, "Getting in Touch with Nature"
Promotional Poster
Promotional Poster
Editorial, "Ending the Dead-End-Job Trap at McDonald's"
Editorial, "Ending the Dead-End-Job Trap at McDonald's"
Dreidel game
Dreidel game
Princess and the Pea
Princess and the Pea
G.I. Jews, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
G.I. Jews, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
Bruce Nauman's One Hundred Live and Die
Bruce Nauman's One Hundred Live and Die
Marching Band
Marching Band
Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut
The Hungry Little Wolf Pack, Children's book
The Hungry Little Wolf Pack, Children's book
Björk
Björk
David Byrne
David Byrne
Editorial, Solitary Confinement
Editorial, Solitary Confinement
Yotam Kritz, Israeli Soldier
Yotam Kritz, Israeli SoldierYotam Kritz. Israeli Soldier.Yotam sat in a plastic chair in front of an above-ground plinth, a grave marker. His eyes riveted on a number, nineteen. His face was stoney. Words trickled out of him, almost against his will. Nineteen. The number looked so small, superimposed in black on the weathered stone of the grave. Although time had passed between the living, breathing being and the stone incarnation, Yotam saw the two forms as an amalgamation. In that moment, time overlapped. The building had been abandoned. Bombs lay patiently beneath the floor, unseen, inactive, peaceful even.Until they weren’t. Until fire and smoke and carbon leaked from every orifice of the abandoned building which had once been a sanctuary. The boy, who was nineteen, had been a commander, a heavy title. His instinct was to escape immediately. He knew where every exit in the building was, he had examined it before he’d fallen asleep. In a groggy panic, he left the building. The hell within was compartmentalized. By then, back up had arrived. But he entered the inferno once again to find the rest of his troop. He wasn’t a hero. He wasn’t a martyr. He died, a boy of nineteen.
Ernie Gross, Holocaust Survivor
Ernie Gross, Holocaust SurvivorErnie is in his early nineties. He sits passively on his striped couch. His eyes have the effect of glistening sincerity, an unsettling reminder of the atrocities he has witnessed. He crosses his legs. His sneakers are pristine white with a shiny cobalt trim. “I like your shoes.” I pointed to them. “Oh, thank you. Shoes are a mark of freedom for me.” He smiled wryly. When Ernie was a sophomore in high school, he was ripped from his home in Romania and was held prisoner in Auschwitz. “They took my shoes…” He said blinking, his face composed and taught. “The shoes are the first to go.” His words are unadorned and pale like smoke. “Before they took you and your family, did you have any idea what was to come?” I ask, not wanting to overstep. “It was hidden, separated. It was like another world. It was the middle of nowhere. No one could have suspected.” He pauses. The silence to accumulates like ash.For years, he didn’t speak about the Holocaust with anyone, including his wife, who was also a survivor. He didn’t talk to his children about it or his coworkers at the deli he worked at. It wasn’t until his son asked him about it, putting two and two together.His son asked how he had survived. He told him he lived off of potato peels.He says he feels for anyone who has been through a grand-scale trauma of this sort. He sees Israel as a homeland for Jews to assemble the diaspora but wants all religions to be able to pray and exist there.
Faleeha Hassan, Iraqi-Kurdish Poet and Refugee.
Faleeha Hassan, Iraqi-Kurdish Poet and Refugee. Faleeha tiptoed over bones and rolling debris in search of father’s body, remnants, or tokens of his personhood. But the war had enveloped them and whisked them away like sand. It was omnipresent, and imbued her senses. Two wars had surged in Iraq during her young life. Buses came and took her friends to Gaza, to join a holy cause. They were compelled to seek out the truth, to determine once and for all if it was within the rights of Muslims to take back their land.They believe there is no Israel, only Palestine.
 Zakiya Suleiman, Ghanan Global Health student
Zakiya Suleiman, Ghanan Global Health student She’d been invited to a pair of conferences, both centering on how to care for those with diabetes. The second conference was in Palestine. She was not informed of this before flying to Israel.The conference room echoed with whiteness. The man at the podium’s voice matched the exact pitch that the central air conditioning made. Zakiya’s inability to make sense of his speech did not help how outlandish she felt. She shuffled in her seat, feeling conspicuous. She gently patted her hair, glanced around, and returned her eyes to the speaker. Ever since she’d come to Israel for this conference, she felt like a pariah. Even though she’d learned some conversational Hebrew, it felt like the word Muslim was floating above her head at all times. This thought pervaded her mind, although she didn’t wear a hijab, and there were no other physical signifiers she could think of. Her religion had always been something slightly distant to her. It wasn’t at the forefront of her life by any means. It rippled beneath her surface, emerging when called upon, then sinking back behind her other identities as a secondary concern. But here, suddenly surrounded predominantly by Jews, she felt othered.
Serena Williams, women in sports
Serena Williams, women in sports
Vermeer's Milkmaid
Vermeer's Milkmaid
Editorial, "Getting in Touch with Nature"
Editorial, "Getting in Touch with Nature"
Promotional Poster
Promotional Poster
Editorial, "Ending the Dead-End-Job Trap at McDonald's"
Editorial, "Ending the Dead-End-Job Trap at McDonald's"
Dreidel game
Dreidel game
Princess and the Pea
Princess and the Pea
G.I. Jews, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
G.I. Jews, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
Bruce Nauman's One Hundred Live and Die
Bruce Nauman's One Hundred Live and Die
Marching Band
Marching Band
Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut
The Hungry Little Wolf Pack, Children's book
The Hungry Little Wolf Pack, Children's book
Björk
Björk
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