Eight religious leaders created their congregations together for eight points in one room. It was a dangerous move
In a small building in the foreboding shadow of Jerusalems Mount Zion, Rabba Tamar Elad-Abblebaum ogled upon a gang sitting attentively before her. We have had a long way to go to prepare for this evening, she enunciated with a soft smile. Today we all do something very brave.
Certainly this batch was unlike any she, the leader of an Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem, was used to addressing. As well as the usual scant dress and kippah wear in her synagogue, there were some intersections worn around cervixes. Others sat in the traditional pitch-black attire of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and various nuns in their practices be gathered at the back of the chamber. Numerous were wearing no religion garb at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for plainly eight periods, a music academy in the lowest hollow of Jerusalem was be converted into a communal house of prayer, announced Amen, bringing together Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and their churches to worship together in one chamber. It was a sight rarely seen in this segregated municipality.
The project, part of the Jerusalem season of culture, was launched by Elad-Abblebaum and the Muslim Sufi Sheikh Ihab Balah almost one year ago. They contacted out to six other religion tissues 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 conventions, but likewise open to discussions with other faiths.
Elad-Abblebaum belief: I never imagined something like this would be possible in my lifetime. Jews who live in the territories publicly praying together with Palestinians, this is a big probability and a major step. But this is not a political programme; we wanted parties received from the right and from the left and have demonstrated that faith is beyond precept. Here, “were both” reshaping world and we are doing it through prayer.
She emphasised how Amen is not simply brought closer Israels discordant beliefs, but likewise men and women, which is almost unheard of in such inter-religious gatherings.