Eight religious leaders accompanied their flocks together for eight epoches in one area. It was a dangerous move
In a small building in the foreboding shadow of Jerusalems Mount Zion, Rabba Tamar Elad-Abblebaum searched upon a gathering 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 flock 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 traverses worn around necks. Others sat in the traditional pitch-black robe of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and various nuns in their practices be gathered at the back of the chamber. Many were wearing no religion garment at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for just eight daytimes, a music academy in the lowest valley of Jerusalem was be converted into a communal house of prayer, reputation Amen, bringing together Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and their congregations to worship together in one area. It was a sight rarely seen in this segregated municipality.
The project, part of the Jerusalem season of culture, was initiated by Elad-Abblebaum and the Muslim Sufi Sheikh Ihab Balah nearly a year ago. They contacted out to six other religious people 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 likewise open to discussions with other faiths.
Elad-Abblebaum said: I never speculated something like this would be possible in my lifetime. Jews who live in the territories publicly praying along with Palestinians, this is a big threat and a huge step. But this is not a political projection; we wanted parties are derived from the right and from the left and to demonstrate that faith is beyond ideology. Here, “weve been” reshaping world and we are doing it through prayer.
She emphasised how Amen is not simply brought closer Israels discordant beliefs, but too men and women, which is almost unheard of in such inter-religious gatherings.
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