Eight religious leaders produced their flocks together for eight days in one area. It was a dangerous move
In a small building in the foreboding shadow of Jerusalems Mount Zion, Rabba Tamar Elad-Abblebaum gazed upon a gathering sitting attentively before her. We have had a long way to go to prepare for this evening, she told with a soft smile. Today we all do something very brave.
Certainly this parish was unlike any she, the leader of an Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem, was used to addressing. As well as the usual meagre dress and kippah worn in her synagogue, there were some meets worn around cervixes. Others sat in the conventional pitch-black garb of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and various nuns in their practices to gather at the back of the room. Many were wearing no religion garb at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for exactly eight epoches, a music academy in the lowest valley of Jerusalem is turning into a communal house of prayer, appointed Amen, bringing together Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and their flocks to worship together in one area. It was a sight rarely seen in this segregated metropoli.
The project, the members of the Jerusalem season of culture, was launched by Elad-Abblebaum and the Muslim Sufi Sheikh Ihab Balah almost a year ago. They reached out to six other religion anatomies 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 practises, but too open to discussions with other faiths.
Elad-Abblebaum answered: I never speculated something like this would be possible in my lifetime. Jews who live in the territories publicly praying together with Palestinians, this is a big gamble and a great step. But this is not a political projection; we wanted parties are derived from the right and from the left and been demonstrated that faith is beyond dogma. Here, we are reshaping reality and we are doing it through prayer.
She emphasised how Amen not only brought closer Israels discordant religions, but likewise men and women, which is almost unheard of in such inter-religious gatherings.
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