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Abraham's Table: Fasting and Feasting

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The Princeton Theological Center hosted an Abraham’s table with the theme “Fasting and Feasting” on May 10, 2011.  Rabbi Adam Feldman, Sohaib Sultan and Sr. Miriam Macgillis shared their perspectives about the topic. They informed the guests about fasting and why we do it from their own religious perspectives.

Rabbi Adam Feldman began by thanking the sponsors: Fellowship in Prayer and the Interfaith Dialog Center and also Dr. Joy Ohayia, who was the moderator of the event.  He started by saying “That we Jews love food. He talked about the special foods that are used on the holidays; and also talked about the rules and regulations of the Jewish religion during fasting. A full-day fast begins with sunset in the evening and continues through darkness of the next day. A minor fast day begins with the dawn and concludes at darkness. Fasting is claimed to influence God to act Graciously toward Israel. He talked about “Yom Kippur” which is a twenty-four-hour fast, with total abstinence from food and drink, the traditional worshippers spend the entire day in prayer. The fast is a spiritual cleansing, both on an individual and communal level.


Sohaib Sultan, started by saying that in Islamic religion we begin with 'Selam aleykum'.  It is the month in which the Quran began its revelation to the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), we celebrate it by fasting. The purpose of Ramadan is not to be devoured for one month but rather experience the climax devotion that has been proccsed before those 9 months. At the end of this month of fasting comes the Feast of the Breaking of the Fast. This is the first of the two main feasts of Islam. The second is the Feast of Sacrifice, and it is celebrated about two months after the end of Ramadan.

Sr. Miriam Macgillis began by thanking everyone for the wonderful event. She mentioned how the foods of the earth have changed; now everything is filled with chemicals and about the genetic engineering of foods which God would have never done. She talked about the miracles and conditions of life.  Great Lent one basically becomes a vegetarian: no meats, no animal products. Stricter fasting days within Lent (the weekdays of Lent) additionally restrict olive oil and wine and Palm Sunday allow fish.

Many guests attended this wonderful event, friendly conversations were shared and a great lunch was served. We thank the people of the Fellowship in Prayer and the Princeton Theological Center for making this beautiful event possible.

Pictures from the event:


Dr. Levent Koc, IDC, welcomed the guests

Sohaib Sultan, Muslim Life Coordinator/Chaplain, Princeton University

Rabbi Adam Feldman, The Jewish Center in Princeton

SR. Miriam Macgillis, Genesis Farms

IDC volunteers and Fellowship in Prayer sponsored the lunch served


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