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Lessons learned from my trip to Morocco — there is hope

Parshat Chayei Sarah, Genesis 23:1–25:18 | Posted: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 9:32 am

Reflecting on the courage of his grandfather, the current Moroccan king, Mohammed VI, wrote in a 2015 speech: “Today, we need, more than ever, to ponder the lessons and relevance of this part of history in order to stand up more forcefully to the deadly aberrations of those who are hijacking our cultures, our faiths and our civilizations. We are living at a time and in a world in which the collective imagination of our societies is too often impaired, not to say poisoned, by regression and archaism. By capitalizing on the depth and resilience of the legacy left by my revered grandfather, His Majesty Mohammed V, we can, together, set out to recover the lost expanses of reason and mutual respect which have vanished from many parts of the world.”

In this week’s Torah portion, we read about the death of Abraham, who we believe to be the first Jew. Yet Abraham is unique in the history of religions in that he is claimed as the father of three different faith traditions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Abraham’s sons, Isaac and Ishmael, the progenitors of Judaism and Islam, literally come together to bury their father. When Isaac and Ishmael joined together to bury their father, we saw them working together.

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