Eight religious leaders made their flocks together for eight dates in one room. It was a dangerous move
In a small building in the foreboding shadow of Jerusalems Mount Zion, Rabba Tamar Elad-Abblebaum gazed upon a mob 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 flock 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 wear in her synagogue, there were some pass worn around necks. Others sat in the traditional pitch-black cape of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and several nuns in their attires 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 precisely eight eras, a music school in the lowest valley of Jerusalem was transformed into a communal house of prayer, referred Amen, bringing together Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and their flocks to worship together in one room. It was a sight rarely seen in this segregated metropoli.
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 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 practises, but likewise open to discussions with other faiths.
Elad-Abblebaum said: I never guessed something like this is a possibility in my lifetime. Jews who live in the territories publicly praying together with Palestinians, this is a big danger and a great step. But this is not a political assignment; we wanted beings are derived from the right and from the left and had demonstrated that faith is beyond dogma. Here, the administration is reshaping reality 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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