TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani sent greetings to the Jewish people on the occasion of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year. Early Monday morning, Rouhani’s Twitter account posted the message, “May our shared Abrahamic roots deepen respect … Continue reading →
In the Telegraph By Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis As we approach the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the seminal declaration of how the Catholic Church regards other faiths, we find ourselves challenged by a new but no … Continue reading →
In the wake of those arsons, dozens of religious institutions and nonprofits have raised cash for those churches. To the surprise of some pastors, the recovery effort is being partially led by Jewish and Muslim leaders, who understand both the … Continue reading →
Dear Friends, Peace Islands Institute and the Middle Eastern Affairs Committee of the United Nations Association of Young Professionals are proud to announce the first-ever communal dinner celebration of Yom Kippur and Eid Al-Adha, which coincide on October 4, 2014. … Continue reading →
Though awash in news and media full of the Gaza War, there are constant occasions and efforts at harmonious interfaith relations in the region that are less known, but more hopeful. In 2012, a Palestinian-owned tree-processing plant in close proximity … Continue reading →
The constancy of war, and the unavoidable fact that religious elements often are present, attest to a need for interfaith knowledge and awareness. An important question to ask in this interfaith context is “How much should interfaith partners keep the focus … Continue reading →
In response to incidents of anti-Semitism in Europe connected to the Gaza war, The Council of Mosques and the Union of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands called upon their congregations to champion respect and tolerance. A spokesperson for these Dutch mosque groups explained that they were not trying to ban or forbid criticism of Israel, but that they simply were insisting that even strong opinions “should not be a license for anti-Semitic or anti-Muslim statements or actions.” The spokesperson also said, “all mosques in Netherlands are in agreement about that our behavior should encourage relationships of brotherhood between Islam and Judaism.” This is hopeful.
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It is to be expected that the tragic reality of the Gaza war will give rise to passionate opinions. We pray desperately for peace and healthy life environments for all in the Holy Land. In the mean time, we laud affirmations made by the Council of Mosques and the Union of Moroccan Mosques Netherlands. May their call be heeded. As these groups follow the clear Islamic principle to honor Christians and Jews, “people of the book,” tied together “by a common belief in the God of Abraham.” We pray that all world religions find ways to emphasize our common hopes for good and make small the effects of our differences. It is possible to live as champions of this ideal even in common activities of our day to day lives.
Rabbi Natan Levy of North London, one of the leaders of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, offered a couple of reasons why he chose to fast for the entire 30 days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Perhaps … Continue reading →
On June 12th, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped near the south part of Jerusalem. In response to this tragedy, the Tag Meir forum, a grassroots organization that combats Jewish vandalism that targets Palestinians, assembled an interfaith meeting to pray and … Continue reading →
The greatest surprise in the new Pew study of U.S. Jews and Jewish identity, is not the 58 percent intermarriage rate (71 percent among non-Orthodox Jews), the fact that two thirds of U.S, Jews do not belong to a synagogue, … Continue reading →