| Jun 6, 2013
| 3:59 PM
On Wednesday, Qusair fell to the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria. Qusair is a strategic town that connects Damascus with Assad's Alawite heartland on the Mediterranean, with its ports and Russian naval base. It's a major strategic shift. Assad's forces...
| Sep 29, 2012
— Proud to be known as the heart of the Illinois Bible Belt, the residents of Mattoon fill dozens of Christian churches.
There's also one Jewish congregation, which has the distinction of being the smallest Reform synagogue in North America. The...
| Sep 16, 2013
Rabbi Michael Sternfield had just started pushing buttons at an Indiana casino on a June day in 2011 when he watched the icons flash across the screen: ace, king, queen, jack and 10, all of the same suit.
Bells rang, lights flashed and casino staff...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Here, as every year, I send along to you, dear readers, a summary of my sermons for the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. If you attend my synagogue, you can read this and then sleep through my sermons knowing you really didn't miss...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Q: I'm interested in knowing how can we thank God in a manner which is acceptable to Him. I am Muslim by faith and looked to the Quran about it. There are innumerable places in the Quran where God wants us to thank Him for all His blessings, but I could...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 4:46 AM
For Robert Indiana, the former sign painter most widely known for the enduring piece of Vietnam War-era pop art “LOVE” and the Obama-campaign visual “HOPE,” the operative word is “NOW.”
Indiana, who will celebrate his...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 10:50 AM
The etrog citron (Citrus medica) is a fruit with thousands of years of human use, much like the related Buddha’s hand fruit. Both are famous for their pleasing, room-filling aroma, but only the etrog is an integral ingredient in Sukkot celebrations...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 8:00 AM
Mention the phrase "Jewish sports legends" and you'll probably conjure up familiar suspects: Sandy Koufax, Mark Spitz, maybe that joke from "Airplane."
You're more likely to omit Sidney Franklin, a matador from Brooklyn (real last name: Frumpkin), or...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 5:00 AM
A United Nations mission that has patrolled a zone of separation between Israel and Syria for four decades is at risk of becoming the latest casualty in the grinding bloodbath between Syrian President Bashar Assad's military and the rebels fighting to...
| May 19, 2013
| 9:48 AM
JERUSALEM — Fears about a possible escalation of violence between Israel and Syria grew Sunday amid renewed Israeli threats to destroy Syrian weapons caches and Syria's warnings of retaliation.
After decades of relative calm along the two nations&...
| Sep 8, 2013
| 1:51 PM
The first week of public school football was a tough one for teams not in the Top 5 and even a couple of those had to come from behind – No. 2 River Hill against Glenelg and No. 4 Old Mill against Broadneck. Only one public school team outside the...