Teenage Summer, the Fasting Version

August 20, 2010

Author: Susan Dominus

Source: The New York Times


Why was Jay Mustafic, 14, wearing slippers over his tube socks the other afternoon on a basketball court in his neighborhood in Ridgewood, Queens?

The slippers — technically more like slides — are to ward off temptation. For a teenage boy who is fasting during Ramadan on a hot August afternoon, temptations abound. Ice cream. Water. Basketball.