Eight religious leaders introduced their gatherings together for eight periods in one room. It was a dangerous move
In a small building in the foreboding darknes of Jerusalems Mount Zion, Rabba Tamar Elad-Abblebaum looked upon a bunch sitting attentively before her. We have had a long way to go to prepare for this evening, she remarked 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 tattered in her synagogue, there were some crosses worn around necks. Others sat in the traditional black attire of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and several nuns in their garbs be gathered at the back of the room. Numerous were wearing no religion clothe at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for merely eight daylights, a music school in the lowest depression of Jerusalem was transformed into a communal house of prayer, reputation Amen, bringing together Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and their congregations to worship together in one chamber. It was a sight rarely seen in this segregated metropolitan.
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 religion 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 patterns, but too open to discussions with other faiths.
Elad-Abblebaum told: 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 jeopardy and a great step. But this is not a political activity; we wanted beings received from the right and from the left and have demonstrated that faith is beyond ideology. 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 likewise men and women, which is almost unheard of in such inter-religious gatherings.
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