We’re all cel­e­brat­ing If­tar meals, but what next?

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE - OPIN­ION RINA WOLFSON

THIS WEEK, I had the hon­our of join­ing some friends for an If­tar meal, to break the Ra­madan fast. Af­ter a guided tour of the mosque, we sat down to eat to­gether. The at­mos­phere was friendly. The con­ver­sa­tion was thought-pro­vok­ing. And the food was sim­ply de­li­cious.

I’m not the only Jewish per­son to have par­taken in such a meal. In­deed, if my so­cial me­dia time­line is any­thing to go by, If­tar meals are now the must-at­tend event for all lib­eral minded Jews.

Ev­ery­one is at it. Alyth Sy­n­a­gogue in Gold­ers Green hosted an If­tar meal, as part of the Faiths Fo­rum for Lon­don’s Big If­tar. Mean­while, Chief Rabbi Mirvis hosted an in­ter-faith If­tar at St Johns Wood sy­n­a­gogue, at­tended by po­lit­i­cal and re­li­gious dig­ni­taries, in­clud­ing Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of Lon­don; the Bishop of Lon­don, and the Arch­bishop of West­min­ster. Other Jewish com­mu­ni­ties have hosted sim­i­lar events.

Do we only pay lip ser­vice to no­tions of unity?

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