Cave of Reconciliation
An Abrahamic/Ibrahimic Tale
Three Faiths; Two Stories; One Beginning
"The Cave of Reconciliation is a must-read for every parent! Read it first to yourself, then read it aloud to your children, and help build a future of understanding, a world beyond the egotistical boundaries that separate human beings from each other, nature and the Only Being."
- Murshid Saadi Shakur Chishti, author of The Tent of Abraham and The Sufi Book of Life
"What we need most now is to create a culture of interfaith understanding among our children so we instill in them at an early age precious values such as respect, tolerance, and recognition of multiple truths. Truly, The Cave of Reconciliation is an amazing and much needed effort toward creating such a culture."
- Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Chairman, Cordoba Initiative
"A beautiful book to build bridges between the children of Abraham."
- Irvin J. Borowsky, Founder/Chairman American Interfaith Institute and the National Liberty Museum
"This beautifully illustrated book is a dialogue between the Bible's narrative of Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac on the one hand, and the Quran narrative of Ibrahim and Hagar, on the other. It can be a wonderful text for the home and the classroom, for Jewish-Muslim and Jewish, Christian, Muslim dialogue as well."
- Dr. Eugene Fisher, Interfaith officer for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops
""(The Cave of Reconciliation) makes it possible for us to enter into the cave with Ishmael. There we can celebrate the common belief of Judaism and Islam. The genius of how this book turns around to begin on the other side makes us see our religions as two sides of the same coin."
- Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, author of Jewish With Feeling: A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Practice
"...A critical gift to us all in these times when our faiths sometimes do more pulling apart than bringing together... The Cave of Reconciliation make(s) a major contribution to helping humanity discover our commonality and to helping us celebrate our differences so that we can truly move toward understanding that we live in One World."
- Joni Carley, Dr. of Ministry, Common Ground Interfaith Fellowship
In the Southern Judea region, 3,050 feet above sea level, lies a city; some know it as Hebron, others Al-Khalil. In this city there sits a cave with three names: the Tomb of the Patriarchs, Ma'arat Ha'Machpelah, and al-Haram al-Ibrahimi. The cave is said to house the remains of a man and his family. The name can be pronounced Abraham, Avraham, or Ibrahim, but the man is the same.
The Cave of Reconciliation is a book with two sides. Read from one end, it tells the story of Abraham and his son Isaac, flip the book and it recounts the tale of Ibrahim and Ismail. Told and illustrated in a simple style, The Cave of Reconciliation re-imagines the origins of one of the most complex conflicts of our time. Supplementary material includes maps, family trees, and a glossary of names.
Endorsed as tool for interfaith dialogue, The Cave of Reconciliation is recommended by Jewish, Christian, and Muslim clergy. At a time when world events point to an ever-deepening and dangerous rift between Judeo-Christian and Islamic societies, this book offers a reminder of our commonalities and examines the source of our differences. Intended to promote dialogue and provoke thoughtful questions, The Cave of Reconciliation binds together two stories for one world.
About Pecki Sherman WitonskyPecki Sherman Witonsky is the author of The Cave of Reconciliation. Her speech topics include Beginning Meaningful Interfaith Dialogue and Children of Abraham.
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