Friday, April 6, 2012

Where Religious Traditions Meet

After I put Wednesday's blog post about Borough Park to bed, I came across an interesting New York Times article about how the neighborhood changes as Passover approaches. There's even a shout-out to the kugel blade I had mentioned.

With Passover beginning Saturday, Easter on Sunday and Orthodox Easter the following weekend, I'm reminded once again about how much I didn't know that I didn't know about other religions before moving to New York. Actually, I knew that I didn't know quite a bit. In reality, I didn't know much, much more.

I've learned about Jewish holidays from both my own and Paul's co-workers. One co-worker of mine is Orthodox, so I've learned to say "Merry Christmas" to her one week late, and I've found out about her vegan Lenten diet.

At the same time, I think I've been able to explain a little bit about Catholicism. I've brought up at least once that Catholics are indeed Christian. And I've described exactly what and when Catholics can eat during Lent -- no meat on Fridays and Ash Wednesday, no eating between meals on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

I wrote about it last December, but the same thing still applies: Happy holidays, no matter what you celebrate.

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