Separated by a Common Abraham

The three Abrahamic faiths are as divided
by so-called common Abrahams, as England from
America by language, two of them misguided
enough to have created jihad and pogrom.

Ukraine, which once inflicted pogroms on the Jews,
now faces a disaster that was instigated by
cruel coreligionists, although the country’s led now by
a Jew who once would in a pogrom have been forced to die.

Although Ukraine and Russia have a common Christ,
this does not save their Christian citizens. Although
a Jew is trying to avert disaster, the Zeitgeist
appears to be extremely ghastly in this horror show.

Jon Levenson writes in an article in the Spring 2010 issue of the Jewish Review of Books “The Idea of Abrahamic Religions: A Qualified Dissent,” that the view that the three monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, share a common Abraham is misguided. The interpretation of Abraham by the three religions is radically different. For Judaism, Abraham is the founder of a family, for Christians he is a universal figure while for Islam he is the first Muslim. Each religion imposes its own view of Abraham on the biblical protagonist in a manner that contradicts the view of the other two.

About the Author
Gershon Hepner is a poet who has written over 25,000 poems on subjects ranging from music to literature, politics to Torah. He grew up in England and moved to Los Angeles in 1976. Using his varied interests and experiences, he has authored dozens of papers in medical and academic journals, and authored "Legal Friction: Law, Narrative, and Identity Politics in Biblical Israel." He can be reached at