Interfaith Seder

The account of the North Jersey interfaith Seder (Jewish Passover celebration) is rich in expressions of hopes for the future, of good intentions, of discussions how this is an opening. However halfway through the article I learned that amongst the 120 participants where the majority was Jewish and a minority Christian, only two Muslim leaders showed up. I would have hoped for more balanced numbers. But the next paragraphed warmed my heart. As one of the leaders explained why the Muslim turnout was so low (it has to do with their celebration of the birthday of the prophet Muhammad) he mentioned that his wife gave birth ten days prior to the event. The crowd’s reaction: singing spontaneously Siman tov and Mazel tov, a spiritual celebratory song. That shows the spirit of the night.

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