Eight religious leaders delivered their flocks together for eight dates in one room. 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 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 wear in her synagogue, there were some cross worn around necks. Others sat in the conventional pitch-black costume 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 religion garb at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for just eight daylights, a music academy in the lowest hollow of Jerusalem was be converted into a communal house of prayer, named Amen, bringing together Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and their gatherings to worship together in one room. It was a sight rarely seen in this segregated municipality.
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 religious figures 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 practises, but also open to discussions with other faiths.
Elad-Abblebaum said: I never belief something like this is feasible in my lifetime. Jews who live in the territories publicly praying together with Palestinians, this is a big risk and a huge step. But this is not a political programme; we wanted parties are derived from the right and from the left and to show that faith is beyond dogma. Here, “weve been” reshaping world and we are doing it through prayer.
She emphasised how Amen is not simply brought together Israels discordant beliefs, but also men and women, which is almost unheard of in such inter-religious gatherings.
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