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Sunday, June 14 • 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Moses: Muslim and Jewish Perspectives

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Moses, Moshe, Musa. One story seen through two traditions.  From one Muslim perspective it is a story about faith and trusting in God, and the triumph over evil and oppression. His mother leaves her baby on a river, trusting that God had a plan. Moses Later, Moses found himself again at a body of water with the Egyptians behind him and must trust God despite being at a dead end. He goes from being predicted as a threat to Pharaoh, to living in the house Pharaoh’s own house, and ultimately fulfilling his pre-destined role.  Moses also features in a story with the prophet Mohammed.
That all sounds familiar to Jewish ears, but there are subtle differences in the story and how it influences the lives of various Muslims. In Jewish sources, Moses presents as a complex character. He becomes angry, hits deep points of despair to the point of asking God to “kill me” now. He is the foundation of much of the Jewish faith and yet, he seems to struggle to have faith in the people he is to lead and the fulfilment of the destiny to which he is called. In a final chapter Moses fails to ever reach the promised land. He is perhaps the most consequential human being who ever lived, as his influence carries on in the lives of Jews, Christians and Muslims and beyond.


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Calisha Bennett

Calisha Bennett is an educator with Together for Humanity and within the Muslim community in Australia.  She is an international speaker who has spent over fourteen years educating communities about issues associated with identity, confidence, resilience and the Islamic faith. She... Read More →
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Farhan Khalil

Imam Farhan Khalil is the Imam and Chaplain at Australian International Academy, Kellyville. He is also a marriage celebrant and was the Religion Advisor for Muslim Issues at NSW Juvenile Justice Cobham Centre. Imam Khalil is a preacher at Hills District Muslim Society and is also... Read More →
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Zalman Kastel

Before his transformation, as a Chabadnik in Crown Height, Brooklyn, Zalman Kastel viewed people mainly as “us & them”. Encounters with Muslims changed him. He directs Together for Humanity, an organisation that fosters interfaith and intercultural understanding in school students... Read More →

Sunday June 14, 2020 8:30pm - 9:30pm AEST