Faiths Meet to End Fast

October 3, 2006


Source: The Harvard Crimson

Over 100 members of Harvard's Jewish and Muslim communities packed Ticknor Lounge last night to break their religious fasts together.

In an event organized by the Harvard Islamic Society (HIS) and Harvard Hillel, Muslim and Jewish students feasted on falafel and hummus after sundown to break the fasting observed during Yom Kippur and Ramadan.

The Jewish Holy Day occurred during the holiest month of the Islamic calendar this year and both groups abstained from food until sundown.

The fast to observe Yom Kippur began at sundown on Sunday and ended last night. Those observing Ramadan will continue fasting from sunrise until sunset everyday until the end of the Holy Month on Oct. 22.

United by their hunger, participants from both communities said they were pleased with the large turnout and cooperation between the religious groups.