Das Fremde empfinden wir manchmal direkt um uns, manchmal sind wir es, der den anderen um uns fremd ist, manchmal ist das Gefühl der Fremdheit auch nur den offenen Fragen geschuldet, die noch gestellt werden sollen. Hier waren wir Rabbi Rothschild und Neda sehr dankbar für ihre Offenheit und Geduld. Aber jede/r Einzelne, egal ob aus Deutschland, Polen, Estland, Österreich, Libanon, Bosnien und Herzegowina oder Russland, hat dazu beigetragen, dass unsere Gespräche fruchtbar waren, und geprägt von gegenseitigem Vertrauen. Zumindest an diesen 4 Tagen fühlten wir ein Stück Heimat, das nichts mit einem konkreten Ort zu tun hat.
Yesterday was the end of our Bible dialogue on Exile and the kingdom of god. As usually in our conferences, it was the personal encounter with people from different countries and intense talks with one another that made the time so special. Last not least the women from Bosnia who shared their personal experience with exile during the war made it hard to feel sorry for ourselves for those moments when we feel estranged deep within. It helped to learn from the non-violent communication that we all share the same needs, with sometimes different priorities and certainly different strategies to fulfill them. Peace for one, but besides food, clothes and shelter, also celebration and laughter. Realizing this helps to be more understanding of others and of our own motives.The bible talks were also a challenge and food for thought. Did Jesus cross the border to escape people’s expectation in him as a miracle worker? To find himself again? Was that why we was so rude to the woman who only begged for her daughter to get well again? Is this what we sometimes need to do to not be alienated from ourselves? Sometimes we feel foreign in our own familiar environment. Sometimes the strangeness is only due to unasked questions. We are thankful that Rabbi Rothschild and Neda were patient and kind in answering our questions on Islam and Judaism. But every one of the participants from Germany, Poland, Austria, Bosnia, Estonia and Russia (and years ago from Nigeria and Lebanon) contributed to open and trusting conversations, so that for these four days we could say we found a sense of home that had nothing to do with a place or town.