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Shelter From The Storm
A teacher with real insight into surviving violence helps her fellow Israelis practice peace

(Yoga Journal)

A Drugstore for the Times
Elephant Pharmacy in Berkeley gives drugstore shopping a new feel

Cleopatra's Beauty Secret
It is well known that the Dead Sea can do wonders for skin diseases, but when I was told that it could help my back, I was surprised.
(Jerusalem Post)

When You Can't Sink Any Lower
The Natural Spa Miracles of the Dead Sea

(Healing Lifestyles and Spas Magazine)

At 1,319 feet below sea level, the dead sea valley is the lowest point on the surface of the earth. With year-round sunshine, breathtaking views, dry heat, and an abundance of minerals, springs, and mud, the Dead Sea region has been a natural spa wonder for thousands of years. Dead Sea water has been scientifically proven to cure numerous health ailments, while plants growing in lakeside oases have produced high-quality natural cosmetics, perfumes, and medicines. Today, as chaos and terror engulf the Middle East, the Dead Sea valley provides a blissful escape into stillness and tranquility.

Fortunately for me, this small paradise is just an hour away from my home in Be'er Sheva, a town in the heart of Israel's Negev Desert. I recently took a day off to experience a spa treatment at the Hyatt Regency, a favorite among the luxury hotels lining the Dead Sea shores. After passing through rolling hills, I embarked on the descent down into the Dead Sea Valley. I was immediately surrounded by a majestic mountain range—jagged cliffs with an artistic blend of every shade of brown. As happens each time I cross this threshold, my body involuntary exhaled deeply and relaxed completely; absorbing the profound sense of peace suddenly permeating my senses. (full article)


From Healing Lifestyles and Spas Magazine, © 2003 by Loolwa Khazzoom. All rights reserved. No portion of this article may be used without the author's permission.

The Flying Camel
Seal Press, 2003

Seventeen first-person stories bridge divisions between Arab and Jew, East and West, and navigate through tensions between Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.

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Pearl In A Million Press, 2001

True story pushes the boundaries of response to street harassment, offering a breathtaking ride over the edges of female socialization.

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