Jewish-Druze celebration planned

A unique religious event will be held in northern Israel next week: A joint Jewish-Druze celebration.

Such an event has likely not taken place for decades or even centuries. It will be held in the Druze town of Sajur in the Galilee region, in honor of the anniversary of the death of Rabbi Ishmael ben Elisha, who was considered a righteous man both among the Druze and the Jews.

Rabbi Shmuel Sheetrit of Ashdod explained why a joint event of this kind has not been held before: “Due to ignorance, we thought the Druze were hostile to us.”


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