This week's roundup includes Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward being denounced by the City Council for attending a controversial worship event, Yom Kippur and Sukkot, We Believe We Vote Ministries fundraiser and YWCA's Women of Achievement Awards.
I was asked to share something important about Judaism that non-Jews might not know. So many possible answers raced through my mind! I had a very difficult time narrowing it down. So I posed the question to Jewish friends of all branches and observance and I’ve compiled their results. I’m presenting their answers along with their names and notes about which branches of Judaism they identify with.
Years later, as a scholar and author of “Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli,” I came to understand why the Jewish practice of abstaining from food on Yom Kippur is so out of step with the rest of Jewish tradition.