Eight religious leaders raised their parishes together for eight eras in one area. It was a dangerous move
In a small building in the foreboding darknes of Jerusalems Mount Zion, Rabba Tamar Elad-Abblebaum seemed upon a gathering sitting attentively before her. We have had a long way to go to prepare for this evening, she told with a soft smile. Today we all do something very brave.
Certainly this flock 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 sweeps worn around cervixes. Others sat in the traditional black robe of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and various nuns in their dress be gathered at the back of the area. Numerous were wearing no religious garb at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for exactly eight epoches, a music institution in the lowest depression of Jerusalem was transformed 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 launched by Elad-Abblebaum and the Muslim Sufi Sheikh Ihab Balah nearly a year ago. They contacted out to six other religious people 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 practices, but likewise open to discussions with other faiths.
Elad-Abblebaum pronounced: I never belief something like this would be possible in my lifetime. Jews who live in the territories publicly praying together with Palestinians, this is a big danger and a huge step. But this is not a political programme; we wanted parties received from the right and from the left and to show that faith is beyond dogma. Here, “were both” reshaping reality and we are doing it through prayer.
She emphasised how Amen is not simply brought closer Israels discordant religions, but also men and women, which is almost unheard of in such inter-religious gatherings.
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