2017-03-17 / Letters

Let food bring people together

To the editor:

How many times did you ask yourself, “How can I solve the miscommunication between myself and others?” Sometimes it feels like there is an ocean separating people. I think that food can be a peacemaker.

There is something comforting in food. When you invite people to your house to eat, it opens hearts and this is a good way to get closure and solve conflicts. When we sit together and eat, we promote better understanding and harmony. Food is one way to express culture and tradition. For example, in many big cities, an area like Chinatown can be found. This brings people from different cultures together. In a similar way we can find Little Italy, a French area and a Middle Eastern area. These are the places in which people from different cultures can interact.

For example, near my previous house in Israel, there is a very good Arab restaurant and we used to eat there a lot. The kitchen is considered to be one of the best in Israel. Arabs and Jews sit together with open hearts. When my parents came to visit me, I took them to “Babylon,” an Iraqi restaurant. The aromas, the smell and the decoration reminded them of the country they came from, Iraq. The owners were very kind and welcoming and my father was so happy to speak Arabic, his first language.

I think food brings people together more than any other activity. It can unite people from all parts of life and cultures. “Food brings love, peace and compassion to the table. It brings the races together. It brings religions together,” Billy Higgins, 1987. I know it’s true.

Sherry Siman-Tov Israel

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