Our group was 13 people at the end of Ramadan Iftar in the garden. Despite the wind, we had great food and a great discussion. We also got to see the fireworks and celebrations at Damascus Gate. Thank you and see you all next time. Eid Mubarak!
We met at the Felm Center for pizza and conversation. We discussed Shavuot, Pentecoste and Eid Al Adha, the holidays that were close to the date of our encounter. Our conversation led to many interesting realizations of differences and similarities between our practices.
We had a great encounter with a few new faces!
Malkon lead an icebreaker for us to get to know each other better, and Doron prepared us some sources to inspire our discussion on love in our traditions.
We discussed what it means to love those close to us, those who are strangers, loving God, unconditional love, and limitations imposed on love by our realities.
After more than two years of the group not meeting, and after repeated postponements for various reasons, we finally gathered thirteen men and women at the Palm Center in Jerusalem. Since many of the participants were new, we conducted a detailed introductory round and afterward, we introduced the topic chosen for the encounter: Trees (inspired by Tu Bishvat, when the encounter was originally planned to take place ...)
The Torah describes the Land of Israel as blessed with seven species - grains and fruits that are important and fundamental to a healthy life and can satisfy human needs: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates.
The Qur'an also has a special status for some of these trees: Allah said that the olive tree is a sacred tree because the olive tree prays, it is important for eating and it also symbolizes peace. Figs are also mentioned in the Koran, though not as much as olives. The date palm is used to break the Ramadan fast every evening, as taught by the Prophet Muhammad in the Sunnah. There is also a limit that you should not eat even numbers from the date tree. As for grapes, if it is alcohol-free it is permitted, but if the grapes are made into wine, they should not be drunk, moved, or touched.
Young Jerusalem Interfaith Encounter- 4 encounters
By Dr. Yehdua Stolov | Executive Director
We discussed a text on the different views of Muslim intellectuals on tanakhic figures such as Ezra, and the mutual influences of Islam, Judaism and Chirstianity.
Hussam gave us an amazing Graffiti tour of the Silwan neighborhood in Jerusalem.
We met at the Community Garden of the Natural History Museum. Hussam explained that the building was in the past an Armenian Villa that still called "Dacian”. Our special guest, Malkon, spoke about his Armenian heritage, his plural identity as Armenian, Palestinian, Christian, and about Armenians in Jerusalem. We had a very meaningful conversation with Armenian Sfiha to go with it.
Continuing the topic of our last encounter about Armenians in Jerusalem, the group met for a special workshop at the Armenian Ceramics workshop in Jerusalem’s Old City. We painted our own ceramics and received explanations about different aspects of its culture.
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