Yarehk Hernandez

Yarehk Hernandez

Yarehk E. J. Hernandez is an educator and critical Muslim thinker hailing from Brooklyn, New York. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Religion with a focus on Islamic Studies at Temple University. He tweets as @Yarehk

Breaking bread together: An American convert’s take on Eidul Fitr

When I was younger, family gatherings were the highlight of our year. My siblings and I would don our finest clothes, heading out to these events with so much joy and anticipation, you’d think we were meeting the president. Our family get-togethers celebrated an array of life events both planned and impromptu. My parents, my siblings and I would climb into our beat-up car and drive to our destination, gushing about all the ways we were going to have fun. Celebrations like these are a means for humans to get together, and communal gatherings are essential to our survival and wellbeing. ...

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