51st Annual ISNA Convention August 29 – September 1, 2014 in Detroit, MI. Image via ISNA What happens when Jewish and Muslim leaders set their minds to engage in dialogue, and then move beyond dialogue to social action, prayer and friendship? When we first met in February 2008, another question asked in good humor was, What took so long for us to meet?

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Celebrating Judaism and Islam in America

Written on November 20th, 2014 & filed under Judaism Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

A tiny Christian enclave in the overwhelmingly Muslim West Bank has for years crafted the only Palestinian beer and brought thousands of visitors flocking to its annual beer festival. Now, it’s adding wine to its list of libations, hoping a boutique winery will be another tourist draw and contribute to keeping the small village afloat. While Christians around the Middle East have seen their numbers dwindle due to conflict and the lure of better economic opportunities abroad, Taybeh has remained an exclusively Christian village, the last in the West Bank.

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Beer, wine flow in West Bank village

For the first time in weeks, Israel lifted age restrictions for Muslim men wanting to pray at a holy site in the walled Old City, and Friday prayers passed peacefully, raising hopes for a cooling of tensions in the wake of a visit to the region by Secretary of State John F. Kerry.

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Israel lifts age limit on Muslim men praying at Jerusalem holy site

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Orthodox Judaism is the approach to religious Judaism which adheres to the interpretation and application of the laws and ethics of the Torah as legislated in the Talmudic texts by the Tanaim and Amoraim and subsequently developed and applied by the later authorities known as the Gaonim, Rishonim, and Acharonim. Orthodox Judaism generally includes Modern Orthodox Judaism and ultra orthodox or Haredi Judaism, but complete within is a wide range of philosophies. Orthodox Judaism is a modern self-conscious identification that, for some, distinguishes it from traditional premodern Judaism, although it was the mainstream expression of Judaism prior to the 19th century.[1] As of 2001, Orthodox Jews and Jews affiliated with an Orthodox synagogue accounted for approximately 50% of British Jews (150,000), 25% of Israeli Jews (1,500,000) and 13% of American Jews (529,000).[2] (Among those affiliated to a synagogue body, Orthodox Jews represent 70% of British Jewry[3] and 27% of American Jewry).[2] The majority of Jews killed during the Holocaust were religiously Orthodox.[4] It is estimated that they numbered between 50-70% of those who perished.[5] Orthodoxy is not a single movement or school of thought.

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Written on November 7th, 2014 & filed under Judaism Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A tiny Christian enclave in the overwhelmingly Muslim West Bank has for years crafted the only Palestinian beer and brought thousands of visitors flocking to its annual beer fest.

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West Bank Christian hamlet now making wine in 'peaceful resistance'

Written on November 3rd, 2014 & filed under West Bank Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

The director of a major Muslim group told Muslim and Jewish women gathered Sunday that God “has put the spark of the divine in all of us.”

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Jewish and Muslim women join at interfaith conference at Temple

Written on November 3rd, 2014 & filed under jewish Tags: , , , , , , , ,

(MENAFN – The Peninsula) Clashes erupted in the West Bank yesterday after weekly Muslim prayers while security forces deployed heavily around Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al Aqsa mosque which reopened following the killing of a Palestinian by police. Al Aqsa, in the Old City, and adjacent neighbourhoods have seen months of violence, and the mosque compound has been a rallying point for Palestinian resistance to perceived Jewish attempts to take control of it.

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Palestine- Clashes in West Bank after Friday prayers

Israel reopens Muslim site after blocking access By: News And Important

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Israel reopens Muslim site after blocking access – Video

Written on November 1st, 2014 & filed under Israel Tags: , , , ,

Oct 31, 2014 2:08pm Israeli border police block a road as Palestinians pray in Jerusalem, Oct.

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Clashes in Jerusalem, West Bank Amid Rising Tension

Israel partially reopened access to the Temple Mount for Muslim prayers Friday, a day after taking a rare step of closing it amid Israeli-Palestinian tensions following the shooting of a controversial rabbi and subsequent killing of a suspect.

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Israel partially reopens access to holy site