More Than Just Hummus

A Gay Jew Discovers Israel in Arabic

By Matt Adler

What’s beyond the hummus stand?

Journey from the comfort of your home to the most misunderstood place in the world: Israel.

Unlike most travelogues, however, your guide is a gay Jew who uses his Arabic to shed light on life in the less-seen parts of this magnificent country. Join him as he shares his gay identity with a questioning teenager, hitchhikes on golf carts in a rural Druze village, and celebrates Shabbat—all in Arabic. You’ll find Matt visiting Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Druze communities, using his compassion and sense of humor to delve into the intricacies of one of the most diverse places on the planet.

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