Rumi’s Cave, Grassroots Jews, & An-Nisa Society present
Binding & Sacrifice: An Interfaith Exploration with Rabbi Natan Levy & Sheikha Halima Krausen
Eid al-Adha, the Muslim Festival of Sacrifice, and Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, sit close to each other in the calendar.
Both Festivals contain resonances, reminders, or re-tellings of Ibrahim/Avraham’s binding of his son, Ismail in the Quran, and Yitzchak in the Torah.
Why? And what can we learn from these stories, and from each other?
This skilfully-facilitated session will involve close-reading of, and interactive dialogue with, the texts, and exploration of the traditions that surround them.
Discussion will be informed by the participants’ questions raised during group and partner study.
Texts will be available in Arabic, English and Hebrew.
Beginners welcome, as well as those more experienced in text study.
Rabbi Natan Levy is the interfaith and social action consultant for the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
He received his rabbinical ordination in Israel from Rabbi Brovender and Rabbi Riskin in 2006.
Rabbi Levy is the environmental liaison to the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, co-chair of the Jewish Social Action Forum, and the co-author of “Sharing Eden: Green Teachings from Jews, Christians and Muslims”. He holds a MA in Jewish Studies from King’s College, London, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in environmental theology at Bristol University.
This year he also received attention for observing Ramadan in an effort to encourage understanding and conversation between Jewish and Muslim communities in the UK.
Sheikha Halima Krausen is from Aachen, Germany. In 1992, she completed her studies in Hamburg in Islamic Studies, Theology and Comparative Religion. She was part of a team that produced a German translation of the Qur’an with commentary notes. She is a founding member of the Inter-Religious Dialogue Circle at the Department of Theology, Hamburg University, and also joined Reinhard von Kirchbach’s circle that involved Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Muslim experts interested in deepening the dialogue beyond the intellectual encounter and in different cultural setups She teaches regularly in London and across Europe and is particularly interested in inter-faith dialogue, regularly found teaching at Jewish Conference, Limmud.
Inspired by the legacy of Rumi, the Cave aims to provide the cultural, social and spiritual foundations to nurture individuals, revive communities and build bridges in society. The Cave offers an eclectic mix of programs and events, ranging from poetry and music nights, to afternoon tea, and a variety of talks, courses and creative workshops.
It also serves as a safe space where people from different backgrounds can come together and explore their cultures and identity.
GRJ was originally formed by a group of friends from many different backgrounds and perspectives, who were seeking to create new experiences for Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonment) prayer and observance.
We aim to create gatherings that are heartfelt, soul-centred and intellectually inspiring, and we intend to bring a spirit of joy and exploration to our services.
Founded in 1985, An-Nisa has works to promote a ‘positive British Muslim identity by promoting societal change and personal growth’. An-Nisa has led the way in creating awareness of Islamophobia as well as being a strong voice in consultations on issues such as the Single Equalities Bill, forced marriage, teenage pregnancies and antiterrorism and community cohesion. They set up the Islamic Counselling Network and Institute of Islamic Counselling and Psychotherapy. Likewise An-Nisa has been involved in numerous inter-faith projects; they run Jewish-Muslim study workshops and are members of Jewish-Muslim, Christian-Muslim and Multi-Faith forums.