Eight religious leaders wreaked their congregations together for eight periods in one area. It was a dangerous move
In a small building in the foreboding darknes of Jerusalems Mount Zion, Rabba Tamar Elad-Abblebaum gazed upon a gathering sitting attentively before her. We have had a long way to go to prepare for this evening, she spoke 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 meagre dress and kippah tattered in her synagogue, there were some intersections worn around cervixes. Others sat in the traditional pitch-black robes of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and several nuns in their wonts be gathered at the back of the chamber. Numerous were wearing no religion garment at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for merely eight epoches, a music institution 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 area. 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 almost a year ago. They contacted out to six other religion 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 practices, but too open to discussions with other faiths.
Elad-Abblebaum articulated: I never accepted something like this would be possible in my lifetime. Jews who live in the territories publicly praying together with Palestinians, this is a big gamble and a huge step. But this is not a political assignment; we wanted parties to come from the right and from the left and have demonstrated that faith is beyond dogma. Here, “were both” reshaping world 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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