Tagged with Ramadan

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Fasting

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Fasting

God, Bless those who deny themselves as they deny their stomach. Bless those who celebrate with others as they celebrate your mercy. Bless those also, who push either to greater piety. And if in their encouragement they lack piety themselves, God, bless them, too. May they deny their pride. May they discover your mercy. May … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Gaza Again

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Gaza Again

God, By now, the tragedy is well known. Dozens of Palestinians in Gaza were killed by Israeli fire at the border separating the two territories. Some were crossing illegally. Others were protesting. Decide between the narratives, God. There is only one truth, however nuanced. There may be guilt widely spread. There may be ample justification. … Continue reading

Ramadan Diversity

Ramadan Diversity

Today is the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. In order to help our Western friends understand this month, here are a few stories that reveal a wide scope of Ramadan diversity. It may be surprising to some that in Egypt, many churches host iftar, the fast-breaking meal at sunset. I attended two, which … Continue reading

Ramadan Balderdash

Ramadan Balderdash

In Egypt, Ramadan is not only highly anticipated as month of spiritual fasting, but also as a month of television entertainment. It is estimated that 80% of original content is released during the month, broadcast after sunset when family gathers to eat, socialize, and watch the hottest stars in action. One of my favorite party … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Nervous Eid

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Nervous Eid

God, Give Egyptians a happy holiday at the end of Ramadan. Honor their fasting, hear their prayers. And above all, keep them safe. The week began with a huge explosion at the Italian consulate. It ended with the claim of a terrorist attack on a naval vessel in the Mediterranean. There have been warnings of … Continue reading

Ramadan Wanderings

It was 11pm and I had 40,000 Egyptian pounds (approx. $8000) in my bag sitting on the seat beside me in the taxi, which was stuck in traffic.  This was another night out during Ramadan. Having three young children, I don’t go out much after dark as their bed time is 8pm.  But during the … Continue reading

First Days in Cairo: Househunting from Jail

Apartment-hunting in Cairo was tough considering Jayson was beginning a new job and we were housesitting in a place which was a 45-minute drive from Maadi, the neighborhood where we hoped to live.  This meant timing our visits there in between or in spite of naps and bedtime for our two girls.  Jayson didn’t have … Continue reading

First Days in Cairo: A Dinner Invitation

We moved into our apartment in a nice section of Cairo…Maadi, the town of foreigners, or ex-pats, as we are sometimes called. (To clarify, out of the three million people who live in this town, one million of them are ex-pats…leaving two million Egyptians.)  We moved in on a Sunday evening during Ramadan.  Ramadan is … Continue reading