Feeling overwhelmed with turmoil in the Middle East? Escape to the mountains and meet the Druze….particularly Amiirah and Hi-Yael, Druze couple with an open door policy, freakishly good cooking skills and a desire to use religion to build peace.
The Druze are a religious minority known for loyalty to their country of residence, peace with the Jews and passion for their personal religion.
Our religion makes us want to treat all with peace…..Druze believe that when we die, the soul reincarnates into another, each time improving who they last were…..in some cases, Druze will see people and know them, even their names, without having met them before — because they met them in a prior life. There are many stories, not a few, many, of people who spoke of their former life. – Hi-Yael
Israeli Druze are a unique group living in villages on hills and they are notoriously known for avoiding conflict, being a culture of peace and staying extremely loyal to their country. They are Arabs who fight in the Israeli army, live amongst Arabs and Jews alike and practice a religion unique to Muslim, Christianity and Judaism.
Druze are unique because you cannot join or convert to their religion, you have to be born Druze, so they have no motivation to proselytize and they just seek to practice their religion in peace while encouraging you to do the same with yours.
They’re hospitable, friendly and a reminder that there are many pockets of peace in the Middle East.
Stay informed, remain optimistic, listen more than you speak, love people along the way.