Eight religious leaders returned their parishes together for eight days in one area. It was a dangerous move
In a small building in the foreboding shadow of Jerusalems Mount Zion, Rabba Tamar Elad-Abblebaum examined upon a gathering setting attentively before her. We have had a long way to go to prepare for this evening, she said with a soft smile. Today we all do something very brave.
Certainly this gathering 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 worn in her synagogue, there were some intersects worn around necks. Others sat in the traditional pitch-black attire of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and various nuns in their wonts to gather at the back of the room. Many were wearing no religion clothe at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for only eight eras, a music institution in the lowest depression of Jerusalem was transformed into a communal house of prayer, named Amen, bringing together Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and their congregations to worship together in one room. It was a sight rarely seen in this segregated metropoli.
The project, the members of the Jerusalem season of culture, was launched 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 patterns, but too open to discussions with other faiths.
Elad-Abblebaum said: I never imagined 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 projection; we wanted parties are derived from the right and from the left and to show that faith is beyond dogma. Here, the administration is reshaping actuality and we are doing it through prayer.
She emphasised how Amen not only brought closer Israels discordant beliefs, but likewise men and women, which is almost unheard of in such inter-religious gatherings.
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