Eight religious leaders raised their congregations together for eight daytimes in one area. It was a dangerous move
In a small building in the foreboding shadow of Jerusalems Mount Zion, Rabba Tamar Elad-Abblebaum gazed upon a gang 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 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 meets worn around necks. Others sat in the traditional black dres of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and various nuns in their dress to gather at the back of the area. Numerous were wearing no religion clothe at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for precisely eight eras, a music academy in the lowest depression of Jerusalem was transformed into a communal house of prayer, identified Amen, bringing together Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and their gatherings to worship together in one area. It was a sight rarely seen in this segregated city.
The project, part of the Jerusalem season of culture, was initiated by Elad-Abblebaum and the Muslim Sufi Sheikh Ihab Balah nearly 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 rehearses, but too open to discussions with other faiths.
Elad-Abblebaum said: I never belief 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 activity; we wanted parties are derived from the right and from the left and had demonstrated that faith is beyond dogma. Here, the administration is reshaping world and we are doing it through prayer.
She emphasised how Amen is not merely brought closer Israels discordant beliefs, but likewise men and women, which is almost unheard of in such inter-religious gatherings.
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