15.1.19 Encounter 2 -Yeshivat Ma'ale Galba’s students- Nablus:
The encounter didn’t start as expected because the taxi that was supposed to pick up the Palestinians was late. At the beginning we went through the names (some names have changed from the Israeli group) then we decided that there isn’t much time to do the discussion as planned regarding the subject of The Oral law and Traditions, so we decided to do a brief introduction of the subject from a Jewish perspective and shed some light on the complexities within this topic, and to ask the Palestinians if they have similar teachings. The Palestinians talked about the subject and most of the time we asked them questions about Islam in general, and about their social circle in particular. We received some interesting answers (most of the conversations were in English, parts of them were translated by Oday from Hebrew to Arabic and vice versa).
They also asked us questions about our basic religious duties at the end of the discussions. Someone answered that there are big arguments among the Jewish people revolving around the question: What are the most important religious duties. However, we explained to them the idea of the Ten Commandments and we found out that there are big similarities between the two religions when it comes to prohibitions and permissible in the Ten Commandments.
We finished the day with a lot to reflect on for next encounters where we will discuss the subject of the “design” of the Torah\ Islam, as we planned.
We had the encounter in Gilboa, it was a very intense encounter and the guys were very active.
We were 15 Palestinians and 6 Israelis.
I translated for both of them. We discussed many issues about religions and cultures, humanity and peace coexistence.