Strangers - Isaac and Ishmael
At the moment a few different pieces of my interfaith work are on the cusp of taking off, and whatever difficulties we face, it is always good to remember what positives as well as negatives can bring us together. In the series of Torah readings we are in the midst of at the moment we see the horrendous rift placed between the brothers Isaac and Ishmael. But we often miss a small detail right at the end of the story. In Genesis 25:9, Isaac and Ishmael are seen together once again, burying their father.
When things drive us apart, there is often the pain and exclusion to bring us back together again, and remember our similarities, but ultimately, the aim must be to have all feel comfortable with difference.