Day 13 - Interfaith

One of the most dramatic experiences in our travels was the visit to Hebron, where, as tradition would have it, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Leah are buried in a cave below a large fortress building built by Herod on the site.  The building was created to memorialize the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the faith.   Today the building houses a Mosque and Synagogue at the tombs and is surrounded by soldiers and much security.  The situation is tense, as religious settlers have moved in and confiscated properties in this Palestinian city.   Religious identity and attachment to this sacred site are emblematic of the deep divisions between those who would make exclusive faith claims.  One can only wonder how this region could be transformed if the tradition of the Abrahamic faiths served to unify, rather than divide by faith groups claiming the tradition only as their own.