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Muslims Have Ramadan, Jews Have Yom Kippur. Here's What Fasting While Parenting Is Really Like

 

Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. Yom Kippur is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Both are periods of fasting.

 

For religious mothers of young children like Saadia Faruqi and Shoshana Kordova, traditional observance is important. But it's something that needs to constantly be balanced with their role as parents.

 

What's it like to fast while parenting if you're a Muslim mother? What's it like to fast while parenting if you're a Jewish mother? Simpler yet, what's it like to fast while parenting, period?

 

Faruqi and Kordova have a conversation about exactly this. 

 

It is about Islam, about Judaism, about parenting, about food and the lack thereof and, ultimately, about how that which is different can also be that which is the same.

 

"Nobody told me that small humans test your patience like nothing else, and that fasting does the same because you are hungry and thirsty and short of temper," writes one of them (or was it the other?). 

 

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