The world of today appears to be rife with religious, cultural and ethnic conflicts. From Israel to Myanmar, from Iraq to Turkey, violence, division and oppression are common phenomena. And even in many countries that seem entirely stable and peaceful, various rifts are dividing society. But what are the possibilities for improvement? How can people in conflictual situations set aside their differences and unite behind a change for the better?
According to Awraham Soetendorp, interfaith dialogue is key in this process. Soetendorp is a former rabbi for the Liberal Jewish Community in The Hague. Born in 1943, he survived the Holocaust as a hidden child. He later started working as a rabbi, but also became an active participant in public life – for instance, he is part of the Elijah Interfaith Institute Board of Religious Leaders. In 2001, he founded the Jacob Soetendorp Institute for Human Values (named after his late father), which seeks to spread hope and cross-cultural understanding. He is also one of the initiators of the Week of Respect, a yearly project in which more than 2000 Dutch schools and 130 municipalities participate. All in all, interreligious cooperation truly is, as he puts it himself, “a vital thread in his life”.
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