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Pardes Levavot

Pardes Levavot, “Orchard of Hearts,” was formed in the spirit of creating conscious holy community. Our name expresses the spiritual blossoming of each individual heart within an inspiring and nurturing orchard.

For information on our congregation please call (303) 563-2110 and leave a message or send email to To join our congregation, please print a copy of our membership form, fill it out, and send it to our Synagogue.

Pardes Levavot gratefully acknowledges Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado for their support of our Circle of Family Education program. Thank you!

The Cave of Reconciliation

by Pecki Sherman Witonsky

Three Faiths; Two Stories; One Beginning: New Book Promotes Interfaith Relations.

The Cave of Reconciliation, An Abrahamic/Ibrahimic Tale.

As Retold by Pecki Sherman Witonsky.
Illustrated by Katie Scott.

In the Southern Judea region, 3,050 feet above sea level, lies a city; some know it as Hebron, others Al-Khalil. In this city sits a cave with three names: the Tomb of the Patriarchs, Ma'arat Ha'Machpelah, and al-Haram al-Ibrahimi. The cave is said to house the remains of a man and his family. The name can be pronounced Abraham, Avraham, or Ibrahim, but the man is the same.

The Jewish Publication Society is sponsoring the publication of a little gem called The Cave of Reconciliation. This deceptively simple story, written and originally published by Pecki Sherman Witonsky, is a book that opens from two sides. Read from one end, it tells the story of Abraham and his son Isaac; flip the book and it recounts the tale of Ibrahim and Ismail. Told and illustrated in an artful yet unaffected style, The Cave of Reconciliation reimagines the origins of one of the most complex conflicts of our time. Supplementary material includes maps, family trees, and a glossary of names. Endorsed as a tool for interfaith dialogue, The Cave of Reconciliation is recommended by Jewish, Christian, and Muslim clergy.

At a time when world events point to an ever-deepening and dangerous rift between Judeo-Christian and Islamic societies, The Cave of Reconciliation offers a reminder of our commonalities and examines the sources of our differences. Intended to promote dialogue and provoke thoughtful questions, The Cave of Reconciliation binds together two stories for one world. Faced with the specter of global war, we cannot afford to ignore this book.

Price: $18
Binding: Paperback, 108 pgs, full color throughout
ISBN: 0-8276-0847-0
Publication Date: September 2006

For more information contact Arielle Levites (800)-234-3151 ext. 5601 or email:

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