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Religious Fasting

The lessons from Ramadan

Talal Almas | Posted 06.09.2016 | Religion
Talal Almas

A new moon heralds the start of the holy month of Ramadan, which brings along its characteristic festivities. For Muslims all around the world, Ramadan--the month of fasting--brings a distinctive sense of togetherness, a respite from the busy day-to-day life, and a definite means of catharsis.

Why Muslims 'Still Have Faith' In Gaza

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion

In Gaza, Ramadan — a time meant for fasting and focusing on God — has not been easy for thousands of Muslims. Bombs lobbed from nearby Israel ...

Why Even the Non-Religious Should Try Religious Fasting

Nikhil Bumb | Posted 11.10.2013 | Religion
Nikhil Bumb

By sheer nature of the added emotional component with which one takes on such a task, the act of fasting naturally entails a process of personal introspection and growth.

The Benefits of Going Vegetarian, Greek-Style, for 200 Days a Year

Elena Paravantes RD | Posted 05.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Elena Paravantes RD

Religion aside, this pattern of eating can be healthy (and cheap) for anyone who wants to move away from meat as a main course and go vegetarian.

Fat Tuesday And Skinny Wednesday

Shane Claiborne | Posted 04.22.2012 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

In a world filled with clutter, noise and hustle, Lent is a good excuse to step back and rethink how we live. In a world of instant gratification, it's a chance to practice delayed gratification so that we can truly appreciate the blessings we have.

The Meaning Of Yom Kippur Fasting

Rabbi Mary Zamore | Posted 12.04.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Mary Zamore

I love to eat and do not enjoy being hungry, but I have come to realize that there is a lot to be learned from fasting.

If It Takes So Long, Why Do We Call It A Fast?

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 12.04.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

Jews can enjoy food and physical pleasure almost every other day of the year, and on this holy day, I just can't get that kugel out of my thoughts. Shame on me, right?

Lent: Hungering For Spirit

Donna Henes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

Over time and through tribulation, people have learned to eat their hunger -- to exploit a period of foodlessness for the invaluable experience it can offer.

Baha'is Slow Down, Tune In During Fast

Rothwell Polk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rothwell Polk

Members of the Baha'i Faith around the world begin a season of fasting March 2. Baha'is abstain from food and drink from sunup to sundown during the Fast and recite especially revealed prayers.

Fasting for Justice

Alice Bach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alice Bach

When I decided to fast in solidarity with the Witness Against Torture group in Washington D.C., I thought I had little hope of lasting more than a day. But on day five, I remain determined.

Connecting With The Sacred Through Fasting: Could It Solve The U.S. Food Crisis?

Kent Hayden, M.Div. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kent Hayden, M.Div.

Fasting is a non-rational abstinence. It is not the abstinence of the lactose intolerant, who forgoes milk because it will make her ill; it is the abstinence of the Hindu, who forgoes milk because it will damage his soul.

WaPo 'On Faith': Have You Ever Fasted?

The Washington Post | Elizabeth Tenety | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Although in America fasting is perhaps best associated with glucose-tests and Maple Syrup Diets, abstinence from food has a long and varied history in...

A Typical Pakistani Eid

Jeanette Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jeanette Khan

Eid ul-Fitr is much like the Christian holiday of Christmas; it's a time for families to stop the rat race and come together to celebrate a religious holiday.