Hindus urge new UK Chief Rabbi to advance interfaith dialogue
Correspondent | 02 Sep 2013

Congratulating Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis on his installation as 11th Chief Rabbi of UK and Commonwealth in a ceremony in London on September one, Hindus hope that he would patronize interfaith dialogue.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged Mirvis to pioneer interfaith dialogue working together with various religions and denominations on issues facing the humanity, as serious and honest interfaith dialogue was the need of the hour. This dialogue might also help us vanquish the stereotypes, prejudices, caricatures, etc., passed on to us from previous generations, Zed noted.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that religion was a complex component of human life and dialogue helped us to see interconnections and interdependencies between religions and even similarities in doctrines. Religions should at least work together on common religious concerns like peace-making and peace-keeping, social and economic development, freedom and human rights, Zed added.

Rajan Zed further said that they would pray for Mirvis on his taking up the new duties. According to reports, Jews may be in Britain in Roman times, but the first organized Jewish community began around 1066. Born in Johannesburg (South Africa) in 1956, Mirvis is son and grandson of rabbis. Judaism is a monotheistic religion of world’s about 14 million Jews whose most sacred text is Torah.

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.