Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA)

The IEA works to promote real coexistence and human peace in the Holy Land and the Middle East through interactive inter-religious dialogue. We believe that, rather than being the cause of the problem; religion can and should be a source of solution for conflicts in the region and beyond. We do not believe in blending all traditions into one undifferentiated group, but in providing a table where all can come and sit in safety and ease, while being fully who they are in their respective religions
Aug 17, 2015

Rabbis & Sheikhs encounter on May 5th

The encounter took place on Tuesday and the subject was Peace in Judaism and Islam. An Italian TV crew was also present during the encounter.

 

During the free conversation, before the encounter began, one of the Rabbis shared an interesting discovery of his: the famous Mishnah from tractate Sanhedrin (4,5): The reason that a single person was created is to teach that if anyonewho causes a single life to be lost, it is as if he has lost a whole world, and if anyone saves a single life, it is as if he saved a whole world. These words are also mentioned in the Quraan inSurat Al-Ma'idah 32 (5, 32) as a wisdom from God to the Jews, it says : Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land - it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one - it is as if he had saved mankind entirely.

 

We started our conversation about peace with quotation from tractate Berachot in theGemara: Rabbi Hanan mentioned three kinds of peace: river, bird and cauldron. We tried to bring up different approaches to those three different images. For example we spoke about the free bird which travels to so many different places without limits, and the protective mother bird which uses its wings to protect its fledglings and cares for their safety. We talked about the making of the cauldron which is made out of melting all the compounds into one final product – the cauldron makes water and fire work together to create a shared target.

 

Another quotation that we discussed came from Rabbi Nahman of Breslav (Torah 80): What is the peace that which binds two opposites. As our sages, may their memory be blessed taught about the verse He who makes peace in His high places, because that is an angel of fire and that is of water, who are opposites as water puts out fire, and God makes peace between them and combine them together . One of the participants noted that the world shalom (peace in Hebrew) starts with the Hebrew letter "shin" which represents fire and ends with the letter "mem" which represents water.

Another one of the participants shared a small amusing story about Rabbi Froman, may he rest in peace, which says that: someone turned to the Rabbi to ask him about how could secular and religious live in one place. He answered with his special sense of hummer "we have an even more special phenomenon: man and woman who are living not only in one place but even under the same ceiling …" 

 

After almost three hours, we fare-welled and everybody went home  

Links:

Aug 17, 2015

Mt. Scopus Language Exchange group on May 4th

The encounter took place at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem - French Hill. 

At first we went over some vocabulary that we learned in the previous encounter, each participant shared a word that he learned during the last encounter. We met for an hour in one group, the first part of the time we spoke in Arabic and then Hebrew during the other part, and then we divided ourselves into two groups.

The last fifteen minutes before the end of the encounter we went back to sit in one group, and summarized the encounter.

 

During this encounter we discussed to two main topics:

The first topic: we talked about expressions used for blessings and congratulating according to the customs and traditions of the two societies – Jewish and Arab – giving examples such as:

congratulations, best of luck, to 120, May you have your baby soon, and many others.

And Condolences expressions, such as:  God bless his soul, may he rest in peace, we wish it would be the last pain.

 Each participant chose one of the expressions in Hebrew or Arabic, explained it, and gave an example of how it is used.

The second topic: we presented hobbies pre-printed on paper, translated into Arabic and Hebrew languages, each participant then presented some of his hobbies and explained about his favorite hobby.

 

We got refreshments during the encounter, the encounter was very successful, and we learned a lot during the encounter.

Links:

Jun 2, 2015

East & West - Young Women Reading Literature

March 20th 2015

Attended in the encounter: Fawda, Manal, Iftekhar, Shani, Ayala, Raz, Adi, Shani and Yael (total of 9 young women).

This second encounter of the group was planned for acquaintance and coordination of expectations. We had indeed language gaps (the women of East Jerusalem were not fluent in Hebrew and the women from West Jerusalem were not fluent in Arabic) and we found original ways to overcome them.

Through photos, pantomime and songs we downloaded from our cellphones – we managed to get to know each other. We spoke about engagement, marriage, children and also a bit about death and sickness (which are also part of life).

The atmosphere was very good and humor and laughter we integral part of the encounter. 

 

April 15th 2015

The third encounter took place in the Swedish Theological Institute on the early afternoon of Wednesday, April 15th. Attended – Yael, Ayala, Meital, Fadwa, Salam and Amal (6 women).

Since we had new participants – each one shared about herself, her family and her activities, and answered follow-up questions.

The encounter was held in a very good atmosphere and was accompanied by light lunch.

One of the Jewish participants (Meital) who is fluent in Arabic helped with translations.

But when we wanted to turn to the literary text, we discovered that our time has passed and scheduled the next encounter.

Links:

donate now:

Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
  • $30
    give
  • $70
    give
  • $150
    give
  • $500
    give
  • $800
    give
  • $4,800
    give
  • $8,800
    give
  • $30
    each month
    give
  • $70
    each month
    give
  • $150
    each month
    give
  • $500
    each month
    give
  • $800
    each month
    give
  • $4,800
    each month
    give
  • $8,800
    each month
    give
  • $
    give
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?