Plain in the city

A plain Quaker folk singer with a Juris Doctorate in his back pocket, salt in his blood, and a set of currach oars in the closet, Ulleann Pipes under his arm, guitar on his back, Anglo Irish baggage, wandering through New York City ... in constant amaze. Statement of Faithfulness. As a member of the Quaker Bloggers Ad Hoc Committee I affirm that I will be faithful to the Book of Discipline of my Meeting 15th Street Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Two Pieces of Candy - Muslims and Jews Eid ul Fitr and Simchat Torah

A couple's devotion

Devotion at the Eid 2

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.

Eid 2

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.

Handing out candy - Eid ul Fitr in New York

A few hours to shabbet - Williamsburg

Prayers at the Eid ul Fitr in New York

Simchat Torah and Eid ul Fitr candy
Salaam - Shalom my friends


At 5:49 AM, Blogger ash said...

Great post Lor. I love it.

At 8:10 AM, Blogger Judy Brutz said...

Dear Lor,
Thank you for these wonderful photos and celebrating Muslim and Jewish spirituality.

Judy Brutz,Commit to Blessing

At 12:19 PM, Blogger John Kindley said...

Greetings, from one Quaker J.D. to another. Are there any more of us that you know of in the blogosphere? I enjoyed reading your recent blog posts and have added you to the blogroll of my new blog at Feel free to stop by if you feel thus led!

At 9:26 AM, Blogger Judy Brutz said...

Dear Lorcan,
Yes, please do add my blogspot link.

Judy, Commit to Blessing

At 7:01 AM, Anonymous Anita said...

I really love this story and all the photos. There's so much information on the internet that seems intent on maliciously pointing out every difference between faiths and religions. I'm always delighted when the beauty and similaries are highlighted instead! Many blessings to you ~ Anita


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