The group met at Felm Center. Ali brought us some Jerusalem bread with hummus and we all had breakfast together as a group.
The discussion was about dietary laws among Muslims and Jews. The Muslim participants asked what the difference was between halal and kosher foods. Jewish participants explained that there are many differences, the most significant one that Jews do not mix milk with meat, and separate all the utensils as well. The Muslim participants mentioned mansaf, a traditional Arab dish that does include meat and milk together. On the other hand, both religions refrain from eating pig meat and have special laws for slaughtering. While a Muslim can eat meat slaughtered by a Muslim or a Jew, because they call upon God when slaughtering, according to Jewish law, the slaughtering has many laws and rituals.
The conversation was excellent and everyone sat back and enjoyed it.
On Tuesday, May 2nd, the Reichman University (IDC Herzliya) IEA group met to discuss the divide between secular and religious communities.
We began with a simple activity asking our participants to define for themselves the terms secular and religious. Compiling our definitions together we group which terms felt most applicable to each community (secular or religious). The dialogue touched based on ideas of tolerance, freedom, observance, and stability.
We also enjoyed Golda ice cream thanks to IEA!
The group in Haifa University also met on May 17, 2023
Today we talked about the miracles of the prophets. For example, the miracles of the prophet Moses when he cut the Red Sea into two parts when the Israelites fled from Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and when his staff turned into a snake, and when he put his hand in his pocket it turned white.
We talked about the miracles of Jesus when he walked across the waters of the Sea of Galilee, and raised the dead, and healed the blind and when he asked God that the table be filled with food according to the request of his close people so that they would have something to celebrate the holiday with.
We also talked about the miracles of the Prophet Muhammad and they are the Koran, the holy book of Islam, and Israa and the Miraj, when he left his home and came to Jerusalem and ascended to heaven and what happened to him and who he met, and what he saw there.
We also talked about the prophet Abraham when he was thrown into the fire and he was naked and the fire did not burn him and he came out of it safely, also when he came to slaughter his son Ishmael and God sent him a lamb to slaughter instead of his son, and how his wife Sarah conceived the prophet Isaac at an advanced age.
Fananin is a community of Arabs and Jews in the Holy Land. Our goal is to create a space for art in all its forms and meanings to heal ourselves, through singing circles, spiritual lessons, art expression, parties, nature trips.
In the past months, we met for different activities in the desert, next to the water and in the city.
“There is a story that lives within us about the love among all the creatures of the earth. Our hearts unite us and bring us all together.” This is what the participants expressed and how they felt when we sang, danced, and talked together with love and brotherhood. Despite all the conflicts that are happening around us, we gathered and made peace within us and spread it everywhere. Thanks and praise be to God for this blessing (happiness).
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