And yet, I want to go. Not to be the source of answers about Islamic practice or theology, but to be an answer to the very first question that should be asked...
Why ask about Islam? Especially as a Jew. Why ask?
Every person who walks up to this table on Sunday will have their own answer io that...curiosity about what they've heard/seen on tv, a desire to prove their own superiority to another group, genuine intellectual interest about some point or another of the faith. I'm sure that the reasons will be as numerous as the people who stop by.
And I'm sure that among all of those people, there will be a few who share my answer.
Because I could not help but ask.Because the driving search for what this life means and what I am to do with it has led me, step by step, moment by moment to this place and this time...looking back, I can see the turns and twists that brought me here.
...to this place, and to these questions.
The next what's and why's remain to be seen. For now, knowing that I need to ask is enough.