COMMENTARY: A great fast is the harbinger of a great feast

c. 1995 Religion News Service (Editors’note: Western churches observed Easter on April 12; Orthodox churches observe Easter April 19. This column is intended for use April 14 or thereafter. Frederica Mathewes Green lives and writes in Baltimore, Md.) UNDATED _ Sure, it’s all very well for you. You’ve already had Easter.

COMMENTARY: Of pots and pans, shoe polish, and death.

c. 1996 Religion News Service (Rabbi Rudin is the national interreligious affairs director of the American Jewish Committee.) UNDATED _ Imagine that your country is suffering under harsh military occupation. The authorities have just ordered you and your family, including children, to report to the local train station tomorrow morning. If you resist in any way, you will be forcibly removed from your home at gunpoint. There is no choice.