What Does Peace Look Like?

Chapter X

In December 2023, for the first time in thirty years, I traveled to Israel. I needed to see my daughter, who is living in Israel for a gap year (and what a year it has been). I scheduled two bookend weekends to visit with family, and I arranged to volunteer on a kibbutz in the North. Even though traveling to Israel during a war felt crazy, it felt even more crazy not to go. My Jewish soul was roaring inside.

I yearn for peace every single day of my life. All of my art is dedicated to peace! Before I left for Israel, I think that my yearnings for peace tilted heavily towards an aspirational and spiritual realm. But walking down the street in Israel during a war, I realized that peace is not a concept and it’s not a dream; it's life and death.

So eventually I began to reconcile many powerful and seemingly incompatible dimensions of peace. It sometimes feels impossible to hold on to the purity of our yearnings and our deepest love for PEACE with the ugly and tragic realities of war and global politics. We must figure out how to build peace together. We must hold on to our dreams and not give up faith that peace is possible!

What Does Peace Look Like? panel one

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