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  7/10/2013, Av 3, 5773

MK Rivlin: Both Jews & Muslims Fasting this Month


Members of the Muslim and Jewish communities may have quiet a few differences but they are both entering a period of fasting, noted Member of Knesset Reuven Rivlin (Likud - Yisrael Beitenu).

MK Rivlin, a former Speaker of the Knesset stated on Wednesday, "may the descendants of Abraham in this country and everywhere, open their hearts and provide an example of coexistence and respect and admiration."

The month of Ramadan began Tuesday in which Muslims fast from sunrise to sundown. In the Jewish faith, the fast of the 17th of Tammuz took place on June 25th. The day ushered in the 3 Weeks period of mourning which culminates with the fast of Tisha B'Av which begins on Monday July 15y at sundown and ends on Tuesday July 16th at sundown.

MK Rivlin said he hoped the 3 Weeks would provide a period of reflection and soul-searching for Israeli society and hoped Ramadan would provide the same for the Muslims of Egypt.

He added that his own father,  Prof. Yosef Yoel Rivlin, a Jerusalem-born teacher translated the Muslim holy book, the Quran from Arabic into Hebrew. Prof. Rivlin also wrote a book on the establishment of the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem.

While quite a few are promoting mutual respect and understanding, others affiliated with Hamas and Hezbollah have often used Ramadan as a period for incitement.

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