Jews have often regarded themselves within the realm of American sports not unlike the Israelite scouts who imagined themselves as small and insignificant as “grasshoppers” in comparison to the Canaanites who seemed to them as giants.
At first, Mira Awad didn’t want to be thought of as a bridge between cultures. The Palestinian-Israeli singer and songwriter grew up in an Arab village in the Galilee, studied music in Tel Aviv and has written and performed with musicians of many backgrounds. She felt the weight of being an Arab in Israel who moved between cultures.
David Margalit, 11, gave the slightest of nods, and he and Nasif Francis, also 11, began playing a Mozart Sonata. Margalit and Francis, on piano and violin, made subtle music together, enchanting listeners in a house concert last week on the Upper East Side.