After gaining a few pounds during the holidays, I became convinced that I had to either join a gym or look for an exercise group within my area. It was then that I came across an interesting article that did not only draw my attention, but also troubled me a little.
A few days ago the Boston Herald published Jill Radsken’s piece titled “Jewish, Muslim women work together to achieve Slim Peace.” The article discusses Yael Luttwak’s project: Slim Peace. Luttwak, who has been interviewed for her film of the same title, came up with the idea to draw parallels between losing weight and reaching out to the “other” side in a setting of conflict. The Slim Peace project initially brought together a group of Jewish-Israeli and Muslim-Palestinian women to lose weight and promote understanding among women who apparently are irreconcilable and at opposites end of the conflict.