Eight religious leaders created their gatherings together for eight epoches in one chamber. It was a dangerous move
In a small building in the foreboding darknes of Jerusalems Mount Zion, Rabba Tamar Elad-Abblebaum looked upon a army sitting attentively before her. We have had a long way to go to prepare for this evening, she replied with a soft smile. Today we all do something very brave.
Certainly this gathering was unlike any she, the leader of an Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem, was used to addressing. As well as the usual modest dress and kippah tattered in her synagogue, there were some crossings worn around cervixes. Others sat in the traditional pitch-black dres of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and various nuns in their practices gathered together at the back of the chamber. Many were wearing no religious garment at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for only eight daytimes, a music academy in the lowest valley of Jerusalem was transformed into a communal house of prayer, called Amen, bringing together Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and their flocks to worship together in one chamber. It was a sight rarely seen in this segregated metropolitan.
The project, part of the Jerusalem season of culture, was initiated by Elad-Abblebaum and the Muslim Sufi Sheikh Ihab Balah almost a year ago. They reached out to six other religion chassis two rabbis, a Franciscan monk, a Catholic priest, a Coptic deaconess and a female Muslim community leader who were very conventional in their beliefs and rehearsals, but likewise open to discussions with other faiths.
Elad-Abblebaum supposed: I never belief something like this would be possible in my lifetime. Jews who live in the territories publicly praying together with Palestinians, this is a big peril and a great step. But this is not a political programme; we wanted parties are derived from the right and from the left and been demonstrated that faith is beyond ideology. Here, we are reshaping world and we are doing it through prayer.
She emphasised how Amen is not simply brought closer Israels discordant religions, but also men and women, which is almost unheard of in such inter-religious gatherings.
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