An archaeological dig in Israel provides clues to how feasting became an important ritual

Communally shared meals have long been vital components of human rituals. My colleague Leore Grosman and I discovered the earliest evidence of a ritual feast at a 12,000-year-old archaeological site in northern Israel and learned how feasts came to be integral components of modern-day ritual practice.

Editorial: Connor’s conversation

In penning the poignant obituary of their 15-year-old son, Jason and Teresa Tronerud dispensed with the usual “passed unexpectedly” or “died after a short illness” qualifiers. Instead, they offered us the necessary gifts of courage, candor and a call to action.

Love for Jesus can bring Christians, Muslims together

It is well known, particularly in the holiday season, that Christians follow the teachings of Jesus. What is less well understood is that Muslims also love and revere Jesus as one of God’s greatest messengers to mankind.

Editorial: Deepening into the season

Christmas and Hanukkah are beautifully timed. Just as biting cold arrives and the amount of daylight shrinks to the annual low point, candlelight, feasts, laughter and tradition beckon us in.

Sinacism: Seeing the light in December’s dark days

Because we denizens of the Northern Hemisphere are heading into the longest and darkest days of the year, and since we punctuate so many of those days with candles, strings of colored bulbs, bonfires and fireworks, I’ve been thinking a good deal lately about light and dark.

Sina-cism: Yes, Thanksgiving is a religious holiday

“Along with the critical role capitalism has played in the development and prosperity of our nation, there is religion. Those who would deny the religious nature of Thanksgiving must grapple with formidable opponents named George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.” And, of course, the Sun’s right-wing rabble-rouser, Chris Sinacola.