Eight religious leaders made their congregations together for eight dates in one chamber. It was a dangerous move
In a small building in the foreboding shadow of Jerusalems Mount Zion, Rabba Tamar Elad-Abblebaum searched upon a army sitting attentively before her. We have had a long way to go to prepare for this evening, she said with a soft smile. Today we all do something very brave.
Certainly this congregation 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 junctions worn around cervixes. Others sat in the traditional black garb of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and several nuns in their dress be gathered at the back of the area. Numerous were wearing no religion clothe at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for exactly eight days, a music academy in the lowest hollow of Jerusalem was be converted into a communal house of prayer, named 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 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 religious illustrations 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 patterns, but too open to discussions with other faiths.
Elad-Abblebaum said: I never accepted 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 huge step. But this is not a political activity; we wanted parties are derived from the right and from the left and to demonstrate that faith is beyond dogma. Here, “weve been” reshaping world and we are doing it through prayer.
She emphasised how Amen is not simply brought closer Israels discordant religions, but too men and women, which is almost unheard of in such inter-religious gatherings.
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