On Monday, a group of 130 Christians, Jews, and Muslims gathered in Jerusalem to fulfill its purpose as house of prayer for all nations. Their prayers were an act of defiance in the face of physical threats, demonstrating how prayer is a powerful tool to drive away evil and violence. The multifaith group joined together in prayer at the Tantur Institute for Ecumenical Studies, which stands symbolically on the border between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

The gathering was one of the monthly prayer meetings organized in Jerusalem by a coalition of the Elijah Interfaith Institute, Abrahamic Reunion, the Interfaith Encounter Association, and Tantur. This particular event was auspicious, being the first time in a year that all three religions have answered the call to pray together. Muslims have been absent from these monthly gatherings since last May, when the Abrahamic Reunion’s ninth annual multi-faith Jerusalem hug was attacked. The Israeli authorities had issued permits for 250 Muslims from Judea and Samaria to join the event. READ MORE