interfaith-dialogueBy Erin Ryan, Charlotte Observer

While most of the world focuses on the differences between Islam and Judaism, some people in Charlotte are discussing how the religions are alike.

“We’ll realize how important we are to each other, how much we have in common, and how much in the future can be worked out if we just sit down and talk,” historian Amadou Shakur told a group at Temple Beth El. Dialogue “is the most critical idea that we can have for the 21st century.”

Beth El senior rabbi Judy Schindler told the group her “dream checklist” includes starting an Islamic-Jewish dialogue. Schindler started a Jewish-Muslim dialogue seven years ago, she said, but it only lasted a few sessions.

“What I am excited about in the prospect of … finding partners in study is that we can go deeper,” she said, “not just have these statements about what Jews believe and what Muslims believe, but that we can really study each other’s texts.”

Schindler and Shakur described their holy books and examined the presentation of Moses, prayer and judgment in the Torah and the Quran. (Read more)

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