‘Our Shared Bible’

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(Washington Jewish Week – Suzanne Pollack)

A rabbi, a priest and an imam walked into the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School May 10, and then began to seriously talk to the high school students about “Our Shared Bible.”

The program was held at the start of Sivan, the month the Israelites received the Torah. The interfaith assembly was held to learn more about the texts of other religions, explained Miriam Stein, director of Jewish Life at the school in Rockville.

Rabbi Adam Raskin of Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac spoke first, calling the Torah “the diary of our people, the people who lived before me and were part of my family. It is my people’s story. It is the diary of my ancestors.”

Father Charles Gallagher, a parochial vicar at St. Mary’s Church in Rockville, spoke of the Book of Revelation, the final book of the New Testament. In that book, God reveals “the truth, truth that we did not know or could not know” without God revealing it, he said.

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