Eight religious leaders created their congregations together for eight periods in one area. It was a dangerous move
In a small building in the foreboding shadow of Jerusalems Mount Zion, Rabba Tamar Elad-Abblebaum appeared upon a army sitting 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 parish 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 worn in her synagogue, there were some meets worn around cervixes. Others sat in the traditional black dres of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and several nuns in their dress gathered together at the back of the chamber. Many were wearing no religion garb at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for merely eight daylights, a music school in the lowest valley of Jerusalem was be converted 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 city.
The project, part of the Jerusalem season of culture, was launched by Elad-Abblebaum and the Muslim Sufi Sheikh Ihab Balah almost a year ago. They contacted out to six other religious representations two rabbis, a Franciscan monk, a Catholic priest, a Coptic deaconess and a female Muslim community leader who were very conventional in their beliefs and practises, but too open to discussions with other faiths.
Elad-Abblebaum said: I never belief something like this is a possibility in my lifetime. Jews who live in the territories publicly praying together with Palestinians, this is a big peril and a huge step. But this is not a political projection; we wanted beings to come from the right and from the left and had demonstrated that faith is beyond ideology. Here, we are reshaping world and we are doing it through prayer.
She emphasised how Amen is not merely brought closer Israels discordant religions, but too men and women, which is almost unheard of in such inter-religious gatherings.
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