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Friday, September 13, 2013

Two completely random items

First, a question for our Jewish readers: Where will you be tomorrow evening after the shofar has blown--at "break fast" or at "break the fast"? And when did the latter become a thing?

Second, in Gore Vidal's memoir, he tells that when Tennessee Williams was confronted with the fact that he claimed to be younger than the age on his birth certificate, Williams responded "“I do not choose to count as a part of my life the three years I spent selling shoes." Which was, of course, done as an employee of the International Shoe Company of St. Louis, MO. I wonder if Williams only got to carry around the left shoe in every pair.

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For as long as I can remember, Jews in Toronto have always referred to breaking the fast, as in "Where are you going to break the fast?" I'm not yet sure about Halifax ... still settling in at Dal. Maybe it's a Canadian thing -- Dan ... Paul ... care to weigh in?

Posted by: Len Rotman | Sep 18, 2013 10:31:47 PM

Orly: I did not mean when did a big party with friends and family become a thing; it has long been in our family. I meant when did calling it "break the fast", a term I had *never* heard before this year, become a thing.

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | Sep 16, 2013 6:09:19 PM

we had a huge Shoveret (which is what call the break fast in hebrew) at our place, with many friends, including some of our colleagues. For as long as I can remember, it's been a thing.

Posted by: orly lobel | Sep 16, 2013 4:31:22 PM

People write "break the fast" so as not to confuse it with "breakfast." Even writing "break-fast" confuses some people. People do not usually say "break the fast" because when you pronounce it "brake-fast" instead of "brekk-fast" listeners usually get the difference, but in writing it is much less clear.

Posted by: Marsha | Sep 15, 2013 11:42:44 AM

Yeah, I spent last night at a break fast. Kids these days with their needless words!

Posted by: Sam Bagenstos | Sep 15, 2013 11:03:26 AM

we will be at break fast (which is when we break the fast).

Posted by: you don't look druish | Sep 13, 2013 10:25:00 PM

I don't understand the question. When did "breaking the fast" become a thing? Or calling it that? Certainly as long as I've been alive.

Posted by: Michael Risch | Sep 13, 2013 2:39:37 PM

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