Eight religious leaders wreaked their gatherings 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 seemed upon a bunch 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 worn in her synagogue, there were some crossings worn around cervixes. Others sat in the conventional black robes of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and several nuns in their dress gathered together at the back of the chamber. Numerous were wearing no religious garb at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for simply eight daylights, a music institution in the lowest valley of Jerusalem is turning into a communal house of prayer, referred 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 city.
The project, the members 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 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 traditions, but also open to discussions with other faiths.
Elad-Abblebaum responded: 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 danger and a huge step. But this is not a political campaign; we wanted people to come from the right and from the left and been demonstrated that faith is beyond ideology. Here, “were about” reshaping reality and we are doing it through prayer.
She emphasised how Amen not only brought closer Israels discordant beliefs, but likewise men and women, which is almost unheard of in such inter-religious gatherings.
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