Two Pieces of Candy - Muslims and Jews Eid ul Fitr and Simchat Torah
Simchat Torah ends the cycle of reading the Torah and celebrates the beginning of the cycle anew. It is a joyous holiday. The Eid ul Fitr ends the month of fasting at Ramadan, celebrating the Quran being sent from heaven. It is a joyous holiday.
A Chassid friend called me and said, "Don't bring your cameras, but come to the synagogue in Williamsburg to see how we celebrate Simchat Torah." I did go to the synagogue. I must ask Jacob to which branch of the Chassidim this synagogue belongs. I asked one of the young folks there, and he told be they were Veen. During the dancing and singing, as the Chassidim danced the Torahs around the synagogue, children handed out candy to each other, and to me.
Yesterday, I went to photograph the Eid ul Fitr in the park behind the Madina Masjid Mosque on First Ave. and 11th Street.
Hundreds of fathers, sons and grandfathers gathered together, barefoot on prayer rugs, or long sheets of brown paper to give thanks at the feast which ends Ramadan, the most important time in the Muslim year. Children handed out candy to each other, and to me.