Christianity: The Trinity

The Trinity is the foundation of belief in Christianity. But to many non-Christians, it can seem like a confusing concept. I’ve attempted to break it down. Disclaimer: Scholars and theologians study this for all this lives, so obviously I am not at that level. I’m going to explain this as best as I can in…

Christianity: Jesus Christ

As a young Muslim many years ago, I remember I was shocked when I learned that even Muslims believed in Jesus, also known as Isa in Arabic (Peace Be Upon Him). Muslims believe in Jesus’ miraculous powers, the virgin birth from his righteous mother Mary (Peace Be Upon Her), and even his Second Coming. In…

Christianity: A New Testatment

Everyone living in America, whether Christian or not, is exposed to some aspect of Christianity. We see the celebrations of Christmas and Easter. Crosses and churches are ubiquitous. Christianity is the world’s largest religion and has made a profound impact on history. I’m not interested in how Christianity spread but rather I’m interested in the…

History of NYC: Dutch Beginnings

I started reading the book “New York City: A Short History” by George Lankevich. I think most books on the city are very dense, but this one is very doable. So far I finished the first chapter “New Amsterdam.” It’s been interesting to learn about the very beginnings and growth of the greatest city in…

Judaism: What Comes Next?

While learning about Judaism, I came across an idea that was extremely surprising to me. Judaism did not have a strong, clear notion of the afterlife. As a Muslim, this came out of left field for me, because every other page in the Qur’an, the very same God of the Israelites warns us of the…

Judaism: Different Sects

Different Jewish sects have changed over time. Ancient Divisions PHARISEES: The common people Jews. Both the Torah and oral tradition (Talmud) were legitimate. SADDUCEES: They were the priestly, aristocratic group, who controlled much of the Temple and Sanhedrin, the religious court. They were very strict on interpretation, only taking into account the Torah, not oral…

Judaism: Holidays

Here in New York, students get off from school due to the Jewish holidays (and how so thankful we are for those days off). I’ve always wanted to know what these days are really about. All Year Round SABBATH: Every Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. Honors the creation of the world and the “rest” God…