Eight religious leaders brought their congregations together for eight dates in one room. It was a dangerous move
In a small building in the foreboding darknes of Jerusalems Mount Zion, Rabba Tamar Elad-Abblebaum examined upon a mob 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 gathering 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 cross worn around cervixes. Others sat in the traditional pitch-black gown of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and several nuns in their practices be gathered at the back of the room. Many were wearing no religious clothe at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for precisely eight dates, a music institution in the lowest depression of Jerusalem was transformed into a communal house of prayer, mentioned Amen, bringing together Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and their congregations to worship together in one chamber. 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 reached out to six other religious anatomies 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 traditions, 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 together with Palestinians, this is a big hazard and a great step. But this is not a political project; we wanted beings was derived from the right and from the left and had demonstrated that faith is beyond dogma. Here, the administration is reshaping actuality and we are doing it through prayer.
She emphasised how Amen is not merely to bring about Israels discordant beliefs, but too men and women, which is almost unheard of in such inter-religious gatherings.
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