Eight religious leaders raised their flocks together for eight eras in one area. It was a dangerous move
In a small building in the foreboding shadow of Jerusalems Mount Zion, Rabba Tamar Elad-Abblebaum looked 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 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 traverses worn around cervixes. Others sat in the traditional pitch-black dres of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and several nuns in their attires be gathered at the back of the area. Many were wearing no religious garb at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for merely eight days, a music academy in the lowest depression of Jerusalem was be converted into a communal house of prayer, mentioned 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 metropoli.
The project, part of the Jerusalem season of culture, was launched by Elad-Abblebaum and the Muslim Sufi Sheikh Ihab Balah almost 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 conventional in their beliefs and rehearses, but too open to discussions with other faiths.
Elad-Abblebaum said: I never conceived something like this is feasible in my lifetime. Jews who live in the territories publicly praying along with Palestinians, this is a big hazard and a huge step. But this is not a political campaign; we wanted people are derived from the right and from the left and to show that faith is beyond dogma. Here, we are reshaping actuality and we are doing it through prayer.
She emphasised how Amen is not simply brought together Israels discordant beliefs, but too men and women, which is almost unheard of in such inter-religious gatherings.
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