Eight religious leaders drew their flocks together for eight dates in one area. It was a dangerous move
In a small building in the foreboding darknes of Jerusalems Mount Zion, Rabba Tamar Elad-Abblebaum gazed upon a gang 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 modest dress and kippah wear in her synagogue, there were some crossings worn around necks. Others sat in the traditional black robes of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and various nuns in their dress be gathered at the back of the chamber. Many were wearing no religious garb at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for simply eight daytimes, a music school 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 flocks 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 initiated by Elad-Abblebaum and the Muslim Sufi Sheikh Ihab Balah nearly a year ago. They reached 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 traditional in their beliefs and rehearsals, but too open to discussions with other faiths.
Elad-Abblebaum said: I never felt something like this is feasible in my lifetime. Jews who live in the territories publicly praying along with Palestinians, this is a big danger and a great step. But this is not a political projection; we wanted beings to come 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 likewise men and women, which is almost unheard of in such inter-religious gatherings.
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