Middle East update: September 19 2018

HOLIDAYS Yom Kippur began at sundown on Tuesday, and Ashura begins at sundown tomorrow, so Columbia University professor Hamid Dabashi has put together a little piece on the two religious observances’ shared heritage: Both Jewish and Muslim observers have noticed this proximity between Yom Kippur and Ashoura. On the occasion of the two holidays coinciding in… Continue reading Middle East update: September 19 2018

Ashura and Yom Kippur greetings

For the second year in a row, the Jewish (Rosh Hashanah) and Islamic (Ras al-Sana) new years fell on the same date on the Gregorian calendar, September 20. Which means that the tenth day of those respective years, Yom Kippur for Jews and Ashura for Muslims, also fall on the same Gregorian date, which is… Continue reading Ashura and Yom Kippur greetings

Hajj and Yom Kippur greetings

Today is a rare convergence of two of the holiest events of the Jewish and Muslim years, with the Hajj beginning in Mecca and Yom Kippur starting at sundown. Hajj Mubarak to my Muslim readers, and to my Jewish readers, Tzom Kal. For those who would like to know more about the Hajj, here’s something… Continue reading Hajj and Yom Kippur greetings