Had he been in Germany during WWII, he more than likely would have been one of the infamous Judenrattes, i.e., George Soros, Jews who were recruited by Hitler to collect the belongings of fellow Jews before escorting them into the showers/gas chambers.
Tennessean The rabbi of Nashville’s largest and longest-practicing synagogue used the most holy night of the Jewish year to invite his congregation on an unusual trip – to a mosque. (And not just any mosque, the Murfreesboro mosque, the building of which Murfreesboro residents fought against valiantly for more than two years. And lost)
Going to the ‘beleaguered’ mosque in Murfreesboro, he told them Friday, is part of Yom Kippur’s call to introspection. (Beleagured? Hardly, look at the size of the mosquetrosity in the last two photos below)
“It’s the day that we look into our most honest selves and we have to wrestle with ourselves — not just to do what is the easy or comfortable thing — but that which is courageous and filled with strength of conscience,” said Rabbi Mark Schiftan of The Temple-Congregation Ohabai Sholom.
The congregation will load up on buses Oct. 27 and travel to the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro for food and conversation, Schiftan said Saturday. While Jews and Muslims are often in conflict overseas, they’re both religious minorities in the U.S. The meeting gives both congregations the opportunity to ask questions and affirm their appreciation of the First Amendment right to practice their religions.
While Muslims have been meeting in Murfreesboro for decades, their newly opened mosque faced a number of tribulations, from burning of equipment on the construction site to a legal effort to prevent the building’s use.
A lunch and question-and-answer session at The Temple earlier this year lead to the invitation, with Imam Ossama Bahloul traveling to the Belle Meade-area synagogue.
Bahloul said it’s not unusual for his mosque to host curious congregations from other religions. He keeps the focus on common roots and themes in the Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions. (Ask him how many times he takes his Muslim congregants to visit synagogues or churches? Never.)