Eight religious leaders raised their gatherings together for eight daylights in one area. It was a dangerous move
In a small building in the foreboding darknes of Jerusalems Mount Zion, Rabba Tamar Elad-Abblebaum ogled upon a gathering 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 wear in her synagogue, there were some intersections worn around necks. Others sat in the traditional black robes of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and various nuns in their dress gathered together at the back of the room. Many were wearing no religion outfit at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for exactly eight epoches, a music academy in the lowest hollow of Jerusalem was transformed into a communal house of prayer, referred Amen, bringing together Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and their parishes to worship together in one room. It was a sight rarely seen in this segregated metropolitan.
The project, part of the Jerusalem season of culture, was launched by Elad-Abblebaum and the Muslim Sufi Sheikh Ihab Balah nearly a year ago. They reached out to six other religion anatomies 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 also open to discussions with other faiths.
Elad-Abblebaum said: I never speculated 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 great step. But this is not a political job; we wanted parties are derived from the right and from the left and had demonstrated that faith is beyond dogma. Here, we are reshaping world 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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