Eight religious leaders introduced their gatherings together for eight dates 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 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 gathering was unlike any she, the leader of an Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem, was used to addressing. As well as the usual meagre dress and kippah wear in her synagogue, there were some intersects worn around cervixes. Others sat in the conventional pitch-black costume of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and various nuns in their attires gathered together at the back of the area. Many were wearing no religious garment at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for exactly eight eras, a music school in the lowest depression of Jerusalem was transformed into a communal house of prayer, mentioned Amen, bringing together Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and their congregations to worship together in one chamber. 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 nearly a year ago. They contacted out to six other religion illustrations 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 patterns, but also 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 gamble and a great step. But this is not a political assignment; we wanted people to come from the right and from the left and to show that faith is beyond ideology. Here, “weve been” reshaping world and we are doing it through prayer.
She emphasised how Amen not only brought closer Israels discordant beliefs, but too men and women, which is almost unheard of in such inter-religious gatherings.
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