A Moving Gesture of Hope in the Middle East
Releases at: 10/01/2011
Givataim — December 12, 2010 — East Jerusalem — December 12, 2010 — A unique and unusual friendship inspires a Palestinian bakery owner to ask his friend, cosmic jewelry artist David Weitzman, to create a special, one-of-kind pendant with his name, “Mohammed
,” surprisingly written in Hebrew
The long-standing rift between some Jews and Islams has a history that dates back to the time of Abraham, whose son Ishmael was sent away because of his animosity with Isaac (Genesis 21:11-21), who was the “promised son” who would receive Abraham’s blessings. Recently, though, a simple gesture from an Israeli Artist to his Arab Palestine friend reveals that even two very different cultures can unite to create something quite beautiful.
“Outside my workshop there is a bakery run by Arab Palestinians from East Jerusalem. During the past few months we have become good friends,
” relates Weitzman.
The story then unfolds into something quite surprising and also, very touching at the same time.
“One of the owners wanted a pendant with his name
,” he adds. “To my surprise he didn't want it in Arabic but in Hebrew!
Named “Mohammed,” the bakeshop owner requested Weitzman to craft a simple piece of jewelry with his Islam name written in the Semitic language. The result is a “collaboration of two cultures which have unfortunately been caught up in a very violent "family feud" for over many centuries.”
The unique gift was intricately crafted from silver and hangs on a long, beautiful chain that Mohammed can wear around his neck to remind him of his friendship with an artist and a simple gesture of the unity of two cultures. The name “Mohammed” was carefully handcrafted, with precision and love, using the Jewish letter of the name.
This is a special, one-of-a-kind pendant that Weitzman has not included in any of his other jewelry lines. He also does not sell this exquisite piece on his online jewelry store, KA Gold Jewelry
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