The Sheikh of Love

I can think of few compliments greater than comparing somebody to Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach zts"l. And since Reb Shlomo was one of the truly great spiritual leaders of our time and is certainly one of my personal "super-heroes," I wouldn't make such a comparison frivolously. Yet shortly after meeting Sheikh Ibrahim Ahmad Abu El-Hawa recently, I found myself saying "you're a Muslim Reb Shlomo." Sheikh Ibrahim has heard the comparison many times, and was in fact a friend of Reb Shlomo. (I become overwhelmed trying to imagine their interaction!) At the same encounter I also had the privelege of finally meeting Ultra-Orthodox peace activist and writer Rebecca Abrahamson...

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