- In the Old Testament it was a symbol of watchfulness and promise because it flowers early in the spring
- Almond trees/wood/blossoms are referenced multiple times in the Old Testament
- The cups on the Temple Menorah (lamp stand) were modeled after almond blossoms (Exodus 25:31-36; 37:17-22)
- Aaron's staff was from an almond tree; it budded, blossomed and produced almonds (Numbers 17:8)
- Almond trees are native to this Middle Eastern region
- Eating almonds is good for your health and reportedly especially healthy for...everything.
- Almond's aren't technically a nut, but a drupe..whatever that means.
- There are dozens of almond trees blossoming across the hill we live on.
- I love almonds.
- I have no idea how to harvest an almond - but intend to find out via personal experience.
- I read a book called The Almond Tree. I highly recommend it.
This novel breaks a few rules by telling the perspective of two very opposing view points, and helping the reader see both sides. Our experience living and traveling in this land is that there is no middle ground, you are either on one side or the other; aka: for or against the State of Israel. It's a pretty hard line to walk, especially if you are sympathetic to the challenges and opinions of both "sides."
This book not only helps make a confusing history and conflict more clear, but shares both perspectives, especially that of a Palestinian view point that is rarely heard. This couldn't be more meaningful to me, having witnessed so much pain and hardship throughout our several trips through this land over the past 6 years. We have friends on both "sides" of the fence and I was amazed at how well the author captured their hearts, goals, and passions in this book. How was she able to do that? Well, for starters the author is a female Jew, raised in a Zionistic home (there's one side) who moved here and began to understand that maybe things weren't so black and white...then she wrote a book from the perspective of a Palestinian young man in effort to tell the entire story.
The book invites you into the heart of a young Palestinian boy and we follow his life from the 1950's to 2010. While reading you experience the wars, racism, religious strife, and incredible tension of this land through the eyes of someone representing countless others.
This historical fiction work is one of the best resources I have found (and I've searched) to gain a more comprehensive, realistic perspective of the tensions that exist in the Middle East surrounding the Jewish state. This is not about being for or against one side or the other but about being aware of the devastating tension, misunderstanding, and enormity of struggle that exists in this land. It's about fighting for peace for the sake of all, and gaining a better understanding of why such peace is so hard to come by.
I can't recommend it more - to make it easier, I'm even including the link to the right so you can buy it now from Amazon and have it delivered asap to your Kindle, iPad, or front door. Enjoy the read!