This film, "A Gathering of Light," was lovingly directed and produced by former Oregon Public Broadcasting writer and executive producer, Lyle Graham and filmed by Paul Ramsey, of Ram Media, Inc.
John, the owner of Barbur World Foods, who is Christian and was born in Lebanon, passed along this story, sent to him by his uncle:
An Arab and a Jew enter a bakery in Jerusalem. The Arab says, "I will show you how clever I am." And he takes three sweet rolls and puts them in his pocket. The Jew says, "I will show you how clever I am." He then goes to the woman at the counter and says that he will show her a magic trick, if she does what he says. He asks for a sweet roll. She gives it to him and he eats it. He asks for another, same thing. And another. Then, the Jew says, "Now I will show you my magic trick… Look in his (the Arab's) pocket."
We laughed together in hearing this. Now, isn't that a beautiful moment? We are so blessed to be able to go into Barbur World Foods in Portland, Oregon, and find foods from around the world and shop with people—Jewish, Christian and Muslim—from all over the world. It's great to be able to laugh at ourselves in the process. Maybe a healing moment for the New Year.
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