Last night was a picture-perfect evening. An event that went against all odds. Muslims and Jews (enemies by society’s standards) sat together in a small home to break the fast with one another.
Muslims are in the middle of Ramadan, which is a month where they fast from dawn to dusk, and then break the fast each evening with a big feast. Yesterday, the Jews were also fasting for Tisha B’Av, a day of mourning for the destruction of the 1st and 2nd Temples. Peace activists from both sides decided they should join one another in breaking the fast.
Nachum had invited us to join him and his family along with many other Israeli Jews to break the fast with Palestinian Muslims. So, we went to an Israeli settlement to the home of Rabbi Froman, who passed away a few months ago, to enjoy a feast together. I can’t even begin to explain the beauty of the night. Israelis were welcoming the Palestinians into their home, saying “Shalom” (peace), and Palestinians responded with, “Salaam alaikum.” People talked highly of Rabbi Froman and his endeavors to bring peace between Israelis and Palestinians by coming together. The Rabbi’s wife spoke with sincerity and earnestness while expressing the importance of continuing the work of Rabbi Froman. Palestinians and Israelis went around and shared their hopes to see more and more people come together.
We were thankful to be a part of such an impactful and hope-filled evening. Seeing people across enemy lines join one another to break bread together was a picture of genuine restoration.
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28.