I am the Shiva Guy. When a member of my temple's congregation loses a family member, it is my job to take prayer books to the
house of mourning, where at least 10 people of bar/bat mitzvah age or above pray twice daily. And eat -- mostly bagels, lox and cream cheese and fruit, but those particular menu items aren't mandatory.
A Jewish prisoner in San Quentin is demanding that California reclassify him from "white" to "non-white," giving a curious twist to America's long-shifting attitudes toward Jewish ethnicity and race.