| Sep 12, 2014
| 5:53 PM
SOMERS — Convicted murderer and rapist Steven Hayes is suing the state Department of Correction and several officials because he claims he's an orthodox Jew and is being denied a kosher diet.
It's not the first time Hayes, 51, has complained...
| Sep 13, 2014
| 4:13 PM
I am thankful that Cheshire killer Steven Hayes has found religion during his incarceration and, as an Orthodox Jew, is familar with the Jewish laws dictated by the Torah [Sept. 12, courant.com, "Cheshire Killer Hayes Claims He's An Orthodox Jew, Sues For...
| Sep 14, 2013
Re "Animal rites protest," Sept. 12
Regarding the use of live chickens in the sacrificial Orthodox Jewish ritual of kaparot, I have to ask: What would Sholem Aleichem say?
In the late 19th century, this great Yiddish humorist wrote a story in which he...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 6:45 PM
A 27-year-old Downers Grove man faces first-degree murder charges after his mother was fatally shot and found in the parking lot of a Burr Ridge church, law enforcement officials said Thursday.
Michael Zaky Bassaly of Downers Grove is scheduled to...
| Sep 28, 2013
A Glenview church is seeking to reinstate its parish council president, who was removed by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago last week amid controversy involving the Glenview church's pastor.
Chicago church leaders stripped James Gottreich of his...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 9:47 PM
Growing up Jewish, Marilyn McLaughlin loved lighting the braided candle and singing to mark the end of Shabbat. She relished studying the Talmud and weighing its ethical questions.
But sitting in synagogue left her cold. "I was stuffed with religion,"...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 5:00 AM
JERUSALEM — The crowd that gathered at the recent grand opening of Cinema City hadn't come for the movies. They were there in droves to protest a government regulation that keeps the 19-screen cineplex closed each week from sundown Friday to sundown...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 8:12 PM
Composer John Tavener, whose works ranged from angry, dissonant cantatas to achingly beautiful choral works sung around the world during holidays, died Tuesday at his home in Child Okeford in southern England, according to his publisher, Chester Music....
| Jun 13, 2013
An elegant miniature, Rama Burshtein's "Fill the Void" labors under a narrative inevitability, but it's artful work nonetheless.
We're in the hushed confines and spaces of the ultra-Orthodox community of Tel Aviv. Barely 18, the daughter of a rabbi,...
| Oct 6, 2013
| 7:00 AM
HARBIN, China — Two Chinese politicians and an Israeli professor are huddled around an architect's drawing. "Actually it would be better if the fence rails were shaped like Stars of David instead of crosses," politely suggests the professor, Dan...
| Oct 4, 2013
Sunday, Oct. 6
Festival The Orthodox Church of St. Matthew hosts its sixth annual Multi-Cultural Festival beginning at 11:30 a.m. at 7271 Eden Brook Drive in Columbia. Event features live entertainment by the region's most popular ethnic musicians and...