Eight religious leaders drew their parishes together for eight dates in one chamber. 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 parish 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 tattered in her synagogue, there were some traverses worn around cervixes. Others sat in the traditional pitch-black garb of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and several nuns in their wonts gathered together at the back of the room. Numerous were wearing no religion outfit at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for only eight daytimes, a music school 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 flocks 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 contacted out to six other religious fleshes 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 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 probability and a great step. But this is not a political assignment; we wanted people are derived from the right and from the left and to show that faith is beyond dogma. Here, we are reshaping world and we are doing it through prayer.
She emphasised how Amen not only brought together Israels discordant beliefs, but likewise men and women, which is almost unheard of in such inter-religious gatherings.
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