Rabbi Steven Jacobs holds the attainment of intercultural and interfaith acceptance and harmony as his lifelong mission. Through his work with the Progressive Faith Foundation, Rabbi Steven Jacobs strives to foster racial and religious peace, especially among followers of the Abrahamic faiths.
To many people, the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity seem like absolutely different and irreconcilable faiths. The primary reason for this view of the religions as opposing and incompatible is a general lack of awareness regarding the similarities of these faiths and the intimate connections of their origins.
First, all three of these traditions are monotheistic, meaning they recognize only one deity. Second, they all believe that a singular deity provided a revelation to mankind concerning the nature of existence, and that by communicating with this deity through prayer and following certain guidelines of living, the faithful can become better, more perfect people. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, these three religions were all born of the same Middle Eastern traditions. Christianity grew out of Judaism, and Islam evolved from both. Indeed, the three faiths even recognize some of the same prophets. In today’s global community, it is more important than ever to recognize likenesses rather than differences, and to encourage respect for people of all faiths.