I Will Always Be Muslim and Jewish

I’ve long felt shame that I knew much more about my Muslim heritage than my Jewish side, but this year, I’m diving in. I don’t know how to read or write Hebrew. I haven’t memorized a single prayer. I am illiterate regarding Judaism, yet I’m Jewish — a truth I know with certainty. How I interpret and process […]

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Tiny Love Stories: ‘What the Ukrainian Grandmothers Have Written’

My sons in Dhaka, Bangladesh, for their Aqiqah, an Islamic tradition. It is usually done when a child is seven days old, but it can be done until puberty. Symbols of Hope Every 30 or so years, Ramadan and Passover coincide. My mother is Jewish; my father is Muslim. I was conflicted about my seemingly disparate religions, […]

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Tasbih

Rosaries to melook like yoursBut ours are called tasbihsWe wear ours around our necks; we wrap them several times around our wristsThey come with us on appointments,They keep us company when we go to bed.Our rosaries are made of rare woods,from Syria, Turkey, and DubaiSome are made of translucent stones—grays and browns from such places […]

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