Eight religious leaders accompanied their congregations together for eight dates in one area. It was a dangerous move
In a small building in the foreboding darknes of Jerusalems Mount Zion, Rabba Tamar Elad-Abblebaum gazed upon a audience 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 flock was unlike any she, the leader of an Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem, was used to addressing. As well as the usual meagre dress and kippah worn in her synagogue, there were some sweeps worn around necks. Others sat in the traditional pitch-black dres of the Copts, another in the Muslim hijab and various nuns in their practices be gathered at the back of the chamber. Many were wearing no religious garment at all. But they were all there to pray.
Last week, and for precisely eight daylights, a music academy in the lowest depression of Jerusalem is turning into a communal house of prayer, named Amen, bringing together Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and their parishes to worship together in one area. It was a sight rarely seen in this segregated metropolitan.
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 people 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 rehearses, but too open to discussions with other faiths.
Elad-Abblebaum remarked: I never imagined something like this would be possible in my lifetime. Jews who live in the territories publicly praying along with Palestinians, this is a big peril and a great step. But this is not a political projection; we wanted people are derived from the right and from the left and been demonstrated that faith is beyond dogma. Here, “were about” reshaping reality and we are doing it through prayer.
She emphasised how Amen is not simply brought together Israels discordant beliefs, but also men and women, which is almost unheard of in such inter-religious gatherings.
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