The discussions were definitely a success! It was both educational and fun. Daniel and I definitely enjoyed talking about pilgrimage in our religions and were interested to hear what people had to say. Our discussion was centered on the Hajj and the ancient Jewish pilgrimages, but covered all kinds of related topics. One of my favorite moments happened after Daniel and I explained that in both religions people often visit the gravesites of great religious leaders to pray. Daniel made sure to explain that in Islam, one has to be careful at the gravesite not to pray to the dead person but only to G-d Himself. Immediately one of the Jewish students exclaimed, “We warn about the same thing!”
As we led our discussion I could hear bursts of laughter and intense conversations happening at the other tables. I think I can safely say that everyone learned a lot and had a great time!
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