For the Muslim couple from the village of Sulam in northern Israel, Muhammad and Aida Masarwa, the study of Kabbalah, Torah, Jewish thought, and liturgical poetry came easy, noting, ‘We were surprised to discovered that our Jewish classmates didn’t know more about Judaism than we did!’
By Shahar Hay
Last month, a diverse class of 36 graduate students from the Ono Academic College received an MA in Jewish Studies, among them Muhammad and Aida Masarwa, a Muslim couple from the village of Sulam in the north.
Their classmates—a group dominated by ultra-Orthodox and Orthodox Jews—warmly embraced them throughout their years of study together. Continue Reading »