Eight religious leaders returned their gatherings together for eight daylights in one room. It was a dangerous move
In a small building in the foreboding darknes of Jerusalems Mount Zion, Rabba Tamar Elad-Abblebaum ogled 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 wear in her synagogue, there were some intersects worn around cervixes. Others sat in the traditional black gown of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and several nuns in their habits gathered together at the back of the area. Many were wearing no religion outfit at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for just eight days, a music academy in the lowest depression of Jerusalem was be converted into a communal house of prayer, appointed Amen, bringing together Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and their flocks to worship together in one room. It was a sight rarely seen in this segregated municipality.
The project, part of the Jerusalem season of culture, was launched by Elad-Abblebaum and the Muslim Sufi Sheikh Ihab Balah nearly a year ago. They reached out to six other religious anatomies two rabbis, a Franciscan monk, a Catholic priest, a Coptic deaconess and a female Muslim community leader who were very traditional in their beliefs and rehearsals, but also open to discussions with other faiths.
Elad-Abblebaum said: I never guessed something like this is feasible in my lifetime. Jews who live in the territories publicly praying together with Palestinians, this is a big danger and a great step. But this is not a political job; we wanted parties to come 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 beliefs, but too men and women, which is almost unheard of in such inter-religious gatherings.
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