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Sixth Sense

Menachem Lubinsky is the founder and co-producer of Kosherfest, the annual trade event for the kosher food & beverage industry and is the editor-in-chief of KosherToday. The views expressed in this column do not represent the opinions of KosherToday’s publishers and are those of the author alone. My Sixth Sense is now released on alternating weeks with Eye On Kosher, which can be found at

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Nothing to Eat on Passover!?


Growing up in Crown Heights, I vividly remember my late mother’s feverish preparations for the holiday. Most of what we ate was made in her kitchen, including the pastries, apple sauce, the gefilte fish and so forth. Our beverage of choice was Saratoga Geyser flavored with Kedem Raspberry Syrup. Our selection of wine was limited Read More > $gt;

The Passover Drill


It was Purim but the Passover atmosphere was clearly in the air in many of the stores I visited. Some had makeshift storage trailers, others kept Passover products in the cabs of trucks, and yet others even had refrigerated trailers in their parking lots. That is for stores who did not have enough storage space Read More > $gt;

The Glatt Kosher Waldorf Astoria


The luxurious Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem has become the destination of choice for the vacationing Orthodox traveler to Israel as well as the businessman. Spending Shabbos at the hotel last week, I saw mostly Orthodox Jewish families from New York, London, Melbourne and even Panama City, with many participating in the luxury hotel synagogues Read More > $gt;

“It Just Happens to be Kosher”…Breaking the Mold


I have heard many a restaurateur explain that he offers great food that “just happens to be kosher.” I get it! What they are really saying is that if you still have an outdated notion about the quality of kosher food and wine, forget it – it’s history. Most of the great chefs in some Read More > $gt;

New Years for the Trees


So when is the next Jewish holiday? Tu B’Shvat! “Say what?” “Hey, I know Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, and Passover but not the Tu holiday!” That about describes a conversation I had with a non-Jewish employee at a major kosher supermarket as we passed a display of dried exotic fruits and other goodies for the New Read More > $gt;

Is There a Silver Lining for Kosher On-Line Shopping?


Albert, a 30ish attorney who lives alone on Manhattan’s East Side, keeps kosher but by his own admission has “not stepped into a kosher grocery in years.” Instead, he gets all of his kosher products from Fresh Direct and even from Amazon. “Believe it or not, I got latkes (potato pancakes) from Amazon on Chanukah.” Read More > $gt;

Kosher at the White House


Last week, the White House held its annual Chanukah party and once again the kitchen was koshered so that the guests could eat the food. First lady Michelle Obama is not the first to allow the koshering of the kitchen; that distinction belongs to former First Lady Laura Bush who in 2001 became the first to not Read More > $gt;

Time to Pardon Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin


It was at last month’s Kosherfest that a conversation with two prominent leaders of the kosher food industry turned to Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin, the 57-year old father of 10, including a special child who has been incarcerated for seven years. The two suggested that perhaps someone could get to the outgoing President Barack Obama to Read More > $gt;