—Rabbi Sandy Bogin
Sarah Neuman, The New Jewish Home – Westchester

April 24, 2020
First full day of Ramadan, which began last evening

This is Rabbi Bogin. I invite you all to pause a moment, and reflect on the wonderful, heroic team we work with every day.

The Moslem Holy Month of Ramadan began sundown last night.

It is a month-long period of fasting during daylight hours. It is a time of self-reflection and is a healthy, peaceful and blessed month.

It is traditionally celebrated every day with break fast meals eaten together with family and friends at sundown. 

Like Passover and Easter in recent weeks, Ramadan cannot be observed and celebrated the way we would like. People cannot gather for meals, or gather for daily Mosque prayers. People need to eat and pray at home.

We again see how we this pandemic has overturned our lives. We are forced to transform communal holy days into observances that feel holy, safe and life affirming. And we are succeeding in finding holiness in new and different ways.

Ramadan Mubarak—a blessed Ramadan! 

May this holy month of Ramadan bring us all a feeling of renewed health, blessing and peace.