Eight religious leaders introduced their parishes together for eight eras in one room. It was a dangerous move
In a small building in the foreboding darknes of Jerusalems Mount Zion, Rabba Tamar Elad-Abblebaum searched upon a crowd sitting attentively before her. We have had a long way to go to prepare for this evening, she announced with a soft smile. Today we all do something very brave.
Certainly this congregation 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 meets worn around cervixes. Others sat in the traditional black gown of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and several 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 just eight daytimes, a music school in the lowest depression of Jerusalem was be converted into a communal house of prayer, identified Amen, bringing together Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and their parishes 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 initiated by Elad-Abblebaum and the Muslim Sufi Sheikh Ihab Balah nearly a year ago. They reached out to six other religious 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 traditions, but likewise open to discussions with other faiths.
Elad-Abblebaum mentioned: I never belief something like this would be possible 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 programme; we wanted beings received from the right and from the left and to show that faith is beyond ideology. Here, “were both” reshaping world and we are doing it through prayer.
She emphasised how Amen not only brought closer Israels discordant beliefs, but also men and women, which is almost unheard of in such inter-religious gatherings.
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