| Jul 19, 2013
| 11:25 AM
I confess that, directed by your letters, I do not write enough about Islam or Muslim spiritual life. To help to correct my lacuna, I've decided not to let the holy Muslim month of Ramadan pass this year without sending along to all of you...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 9:29 AM
Like Passover and Easter, it is a cornerstone religious holiday and a movable feast based on the phases of the moon. Like Passover and Easter, the people who celebrate it identify themselves as the spiritual children of Abraham.
The religious observance...
| Dec 31, 2013
Before jumping into the food trends and diets awaiting in the new year, look back with us to the recipes we brought you in Good Eating in 2013. Among the hundreds of recipes, these were our favorites. Clip and save or download them (chicagotribune.com/...
| Jan 3, 2014
Susan Rasky, an award-winning congressional correspondent who mentored a generation of young political journalists as a senior lecturer at UC Berkeley, died Sunday at her home in El Cerrito, Calif. She was 61 and had breast cancer.
A graduate of Los...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 7:35 AM
Jewish events and holidays are often fraught with the angst of 5774 years of collective peoplehood. The cycle begins with the bris (ouch!), proceeds through Bar or Bat Mitzvah panic on the pulpit, and climaxes during the union of two Jews under the...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 12:48 PM
I love Hanukkah. Along with Passover, it’s my favorite holiday -- because it comes steeped in narrative and because it is, essentially, do-it-yourself. Tonight at my house, we will have latkes; we will light the menorah and sing. No intercession...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 12:00 PM
When telling a tale that includes centuries of endurance, moments of triumph, bursts of humor and sudden, unspeakable atrocities, what's the right tone with which to articulate it all?
That's the trick historian Simon Schama had to figure out in his new...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 11:20 AM
Earlier this month, the publication Scientific American reported that a series of studies at both Harvard University and the University of Utah showed that people are more likely to make ethical decisions in the morning than they are as the day wears on....
| Mar 24, 2014
| 1:06 PM
JERUSALEM -- Israel's Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem was closed Monday and Israeli embassies shuttered worldwide after the country’s diplomatic staff declared an indefinite strike, frustrating high-level travel plans and foreign policy protocol....
| Mar 14, 2014
| 1:43 PM
Lizzie Black Kander has been called the "Jane Addams of Milwaukee" for her tireless social service work, which included editing and publishing "The Settlement Cook Book" in 1901. The book provided more than recipes; it taught newcomers to this country how...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 7:30 AM
New York kosher restaurateur Joey Allaham is taking over the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point for a kind of extravagant Passover meets luxury summer camp. The weeklong all-inclusive event is set for the 400-room hotel from April 14 to 22.