CHICAGO (RNS) — By 7 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 25), 17 people stood in line at Kolatek’s Bakery, wrapping around the produce section of the store, ready to buy the fried dough stuffed with a myriad of jams and custards. A signal that Lent is a day away — and today is one last chance to feast.
(RNS) — In a world that prizes self-affirmation, confidence and pride, Ash Wednesday comes as a slap in the face, a bracing cold shower of reality. Inescapably, we are told of our lingering weaknesses, faults and helplessness.
(RNS) Too many times, Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb has seen the high cost of Purim's darker side, the "ugly and despicable behavior" of young yeshiva students who drink to excess on a day that is equal parts Halloween and Fat Tuesday. By Meredith A. Bennett-Smith.