JERUSALEM (RNS) – In Israel, when a rabbi, a priest and an imam walk into a room, it’s not a joke begging for a punchline.

It’s an opportunity for the clerics to find some common ground and engage in peace building in an often-violent region, says Ron Kronish, an American-born rabbi who has devoted much of his life to interreligious peace building in Israel.

To Kronish, who has a new book out — “The Other Peace Process: Interreligious Dialogue, a View from Jerusalem” — the purpose of interfaith dialogue “isn’t to solve the peace process.”

Rather, said the Reform rabbi, it

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