Eight religious leaders fetched their parishes together for eight daylights in one area. It was a dangerous move
In a small building in the foreboding darknes of Jerusalems Mount Zion, Rabba Tamar Elad-Abblebaum searched upon a audience sitting attentively before her. We have had a long way to go to prepare for this evening, she did with a soft smile. Today we all do something very brave.
Certainly this gathering 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 intersections worn around necks. Others sat in the conventional pitch-black garb of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and various nuns in their habits be gathered at the back of the area. Many were wearing no religion garment at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for merely eight eras, a music institution in the lowest hollow of Jerusalem was transformed into a communal house of prayer, mentioned Amen, bringing together Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and their flocks to worship together in one chamber. 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 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 traditional in their beliefs and rehearses, but likewise open to discussions with other faiths.
Elad-Abblebaum pronounced: I never accepted 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 beings to come from the right and from the left and been demonstrated that faith is beyond ideology. Here, we are reshaping reality 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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