This year we are blessed to celebrate the Jewish High Holidays at the same time as the Holy Month of Ramadan. Both Ramadan and Yom Kippur call for repentance and fasting, and Sukkot invites pondering the wanderings in this life, as it commemorates the Hebrews wandering homeless in the wilderness of Sinai after their deliverance from oppression in Egypt. It reminds us we are all just pilgrims and wanderers in God’s world. And at the center of it all is Jerusalem, with all its pluralistic richness, not only a Holy City to the three monotheistic faiths, but also claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians as their capitol. Of all places in God s creation, it is meant to be a place open to all and shared by all.
A Palestinian Christian Appeal for an Open and Shared Jerusalem