Pave the Way Foundation is sponsoring a series of educational lectures by Rabbi Abraham Kiss and Rabbi Bennett Herman, advisors to PTWF.
The program is entitled "Islam and Judaism- Closer than Further Away". Rabbi Abraham Kiss is an expert in the Qur'an, the New Testament as well as the Hebrew Scriptures. The Rabbi speaks 10 languages including Arabic. His early education in Morocco and Egypt has pointed out the many similarities between the two Faiths to an enthusiastic capacity audience. The lecture was enlightening to all who attended. One surprising comment was that the Muslims in fact follow Talmudic law correctly. He gave several examples of this including the Muslim method of bowing during prayer which is biblical and was the original form of worship in the Jewish temple. The use of a prayer rug, when prayer is instituted outside the temple, is actually Talmudic which prohibits bowing during prayer on bare stone outside the temple. In addition, the Mosque is devoid of all images and furniture, which is also Talmudic in its origins and followed strictly by Muslims.
These lectures are free of charge as a part of the ongoing mission of Pave the Way Foundation.
The Sufi Circle at Fordham University Lincoln Center, 113 W. 60th Street New York, NY 10023
Below are some of the photos from the lecture held at the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury New York on February 11, 2007 and the Sufi Circle lecture at Fordham University, Lincoln Center, New York on April 21, 2007