Sunrise Shema, Sde Boker, Israel 2003

Sunrise Shema, Sde Boker, Israel 2003

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The people in this photograph are reciting morning prayers in the heart of the Negev Desert, just outside a kibbutz called Sde Boker. Sde Boker is where Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, chose to retire. His vision and hope was that Israelis would move to the Negev and make the barren land flourish. Over the years, Israel has built cities, towns, and kibbutzim in the desert, helping to fulfill Ben-Gurion’s dream.