Eight religious leaders drew their flocks together for eight epoches in one chamber. It was a dangerous move
In a small building in the foreboding darknes of Jerusalems Mount Zion, Rabba Tamar Elad-Abblebaum searched upon a audience sitting attentively before her. We have had a long way to go to prepare for this evening, she articulated 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 cross worn around necks. Others sat in the conventional black robe of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and several nuns in their attires gathered together at the back of the room. Numerous were wearing no religious clothe at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for just eight eras, a music institution in the lowest valley of Jerusalem is turning into a communal house of prayer, called 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 metropoli.
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 reached out to six other religion digits 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 rehearses, but likewise open to discussions with other faiths.
Elad-Abblebaum answered: I never believed 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 huge step. But this is not a political project; we wanted parties are derived from the right and from the left and been demonstrated that faith is beyond dogma. Here, “were about” reshaping world and we are doing it through prayer.
She emphasised how Amen not only brought together Israels discordant religions, but also men and women, which is almost unheard of in such inter-religious gatherings.
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