I spent the early part of the week in the City of Angels at the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly (GA). Thousands of Jews from all over the country took over the gigantic JW Marriott Hotel downtown where cardboard cutouts of Golda and BenGurion seemed totally in place.
Rabbi David Wolpe (always an inspiring speaker) was one of the first speakers and he offered, "If you believe that the Jewish tradition has something to give to the world, then you have to know what that thing is . . . We need to keep learning (about Judaism) not because of the way our ancestors died, but because of the way they lived."
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (another superb speaker) talked about "bagels on Saturday and Menudo on Sunday," both a part of his mixed Jewish and Hispanic heritage.