11/3/06

Schneier Sponsors a Dialogue of the Deaf

Walter Ruby wrote a first-rate story for today's Jewish week about an attempt at interfaith dialogue.

A rare dialogue between a rabbi and an imam at a New York Orthodox synagogue turned from love fest to misunderstanding last Saturday, demonstrating some of the hurdles to progress that such dialogues face. In soaring rhetoric, host Rabbi Marc Schneier of the New York Synagogue and Imam Omar Abu Namous of the Islamic Cultural Center urged that Jews and Muslims should put aside conflicts and reach out to each other. But after Rabbi Schneier and moderator Joel Cohen pressed him on why more Muslims don’t speak out against Islamic extremism, Abu Namous, leader of New York’s largest mosque, unleashed a barrage of criticisms against Israel, at one point even questioning its legitimacy. The event rapidly deteriorated into a dialogue of the deaf. More...

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