Eight religious leaders wreaked their congregations together for eight eras in one room. It was a dangerous move
In a small building in the foreboding shadow of Jerusalems Mount Zion, Rabba Tamar Elad-Abblebaum searched upon a gathering sitting attentively before her. We have had a long way to go to prepare for this evening, she alleged 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 pass worn around cervixes. Others sat in the traditional black robe of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and various nuns in their practices be gathered at the back of the room. Numerous were wearing no religious garb at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for precisely eight eras, a music institution in the lowest depression of Jerusalem was be converted into a communal house of prayer, named Amen, bringing together Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and their parishes 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 almost a year ago. They reached out to six other religious chassis 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 too open to discussions with other faiths.
Elad-Abblebaum responded: I never guessed something like this would be possible in my lifetime. Jews who live in the territories publicly praying together with Palestinians, this is a big hazard and a great step. But this is not a political campaign; we wanted people received from the right and from the left and have demonstrated that faith is beyond ideology. Here, we are 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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