What is Seattle’s best hot spot? – By KALIN JORDAN, Jerusalem Post
In Seattle, you can get a sandwich from a hot spot with the help of your foodie instincts, but you can’t get a pizza at your local deli without a tip.
That’s because pizza toppings aren’t always kosher.
At the moment, the best places to get a kosher pizza at Seattle’s hot spots are at a local pizza joint, a kosher deli and a kosher sushi restaurant, according to the American Jewish Congress.
The only exception is the pizza joint at the Ramona Deli, which is kosher.
The Ramona deli serves a kosher Italian pizza, which they don’t tip for, according a Ramona spokeswoman.
The restaurant also has a small, Jewish-themed sandwich shop, but they don “don’t tip their staff,” said Rachel Klein, a spokeswoman for the Ramonas.
And in the Ramones, the restaurant doesn’t tip the workers.
But there are no restrictions on the size of a pizza or the toppings that can be used on it, according the Ramón delia spokeswoman.
“We have a policy of being very careful not to tip the pizza,” she said.
She said the restaurant only tips its servers and waiters, but that if you are a server, you may not tip.
And there are a couple of other kosher spots in the city that aren’t kosher.
But those are exceptions, said Rabbi Avi Silverstein, a retired rabbi who is president of the Union for Reform Judaism.
“I wouldn’t say all kosher places are kosher,” Silverstein said.
“There are kosher places in the U.S. that are kosher.”
Rabbi Silverstein explained that if a waiter or employee doesn’t get the tip, he or she isn’t obligated to tip them.
It’s not a Jewish custom, he said, to tip workers.
“But in general, if you’re working with a Jewish person, the Jewish standard is that you should not tip,” he said.
The U.K.-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, which has a database of Jewish institutions that don’t require tipping, found that there are approximately 6,000 kosher delis and kosher sushi restaurants in Seattle, most of them in neighborhoods around Lake Union.
Rabbi Silversteins is an outspoken advocate for kosher food, but he said kosher food is “inferior to” other food.
“Kosher food is better than other foods that are inferior to kosher food,” he told The Jerusalem Report.
“It’s better than meat and dairy and eggs and honey and eggs, and it’s better for the soul.”
Rabbi Shlomo Silverstein also believes that kosher food isn’t kosher if it’s made with eggs.
“They don’t make a kosher egg.
They use an egg that’s from a pig that is raised in a factory, and that’s not kosher,” he explained.
“You can’t eat eggs from a factory and eat kosher food.
It can be a very serious issue.”
It can also be a sensitive issue.
In 2014, the Center for Jewish Communities at the University of California, Berkeley, published a study of the impact of kosher food on Jewish Americans, finding that about two-thirds of them had experienced food-related prejudice.
And about 80 percent of those who experienced food intolerance experienced it from someone who had a “Jewish connection,” according to a 2014 study by the American Friends Service Committee.
“This issue is really an issue of identity, of who is Jewish and who is not,” said Rabbi Silverstone.
“When it comes to food, people are going to have to make an informed choice.”
He said that in the Jewish community, Jews who are raised in the United States and who live in major metropolitan areas are “pretty well integrated.”
They “have the same basic social and cultural life,” he added.
“And we don’t have this issue.”
He explained that for Jews who live outside of major cities, the “local Jewish community” is “very much intact,” and they don and don’t feel that they have to do anything different than everyone else.
“The same way people in the US have been able to assimilate to other cultures without going through any sort of a radical transformation, they can do that with their own food,” said Silverstein.
“If they are not in a kosher community, they don, but it’s not as severe.”
At least one kosher delor is not in the crosshairs of the city’s anti-kosher laws, according “The Israelite Diet,” a weekly newspaper that has been publishing since 1993.
The Jerusalem-based newspaper, which was founded by Rabbi Yitzchak Weisz, a former Israeli minister, was recently named by the Los Angeles City Council as one of Los Angeles’ most important and influential Jewish newspapers.
In the article, Weiszzer writes that when he was younger, he and his father lived in Los Angeles, but