As the trauma in Israel/Palestine rages on, I try to keep my focus on growing peace between people, far from politics, wherever I see the light. Meet Tali Goodfriend. Her life story is more stunning than most, but it is what she does with her experience, that makes her a poster child for love.
Tali was five when her father had a dream that he could help bring the Messiah to life. He moved their family from Miami, Florida to the Negev desert in Israel, and started to build a Jewish settlement in the sand. Tali was the first of nine children to come, with her Dad’s two wives, her two Moms. They lived and went to school in a tent, with no running water or electricity, while her father and his followers worked to make the desert green.
Aravah: south of Beersheba, borders Jordan to the east.
Growing up, Tali became close to a family of Palestinian-Bedouins who lived in a camp nearby.
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