Sixth Sense

June 28, 2022

“Don’t look at the prices now; you might have indigestion,” warned the husband as his wife glanced at the right column with its inflated prices. “Two weeks ago, I ordered the same dish and paid $2.50 less. ‘ “Our meat costs went up 17% in just the last few weeks,” said the

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June 16, 2022

In Brooklyn’s Boro Park, there is a widely held secret that one of its major kosher supermarkets is also a good destination for a good morning combination of a muffin, croissant, and coffee. At Evergreen Uptown in Pomona, it is the pizza and other dairy and pareve products from Basil. This is all part of a trend

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May 24, 2022

It was early afternoon on a long Friday that I got my lesson on kosher pizza on Nostrand Avenue in Midwood. Pizza Palace was open but no pizza: “We ran out of pizza!” A customer joked: “Maybe Plaza Mall bought up all the pizza since they’re buying up all the property here anyhow, even closing two

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May 11, 2022

The Adlers (name changed) were on a flight back to the States from Europe and had bought kosher food to eat on the flight back. Mr. Adler carefully opened the bag he bought and was about to distribute the food to his two daughters and son when the flight attendant barked: “put your mask back on.” When Lenny

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April 26, 2022

I was one of the lucky ones (100,000 of us went to hotel programs this year) that had the good fortune to spend Passover with members of my family in a New Jersey hotel with a well-known chef. Without hanging around the kitchen, I could sense the many challenges the operator faced in feeding more than 1,000 guests. Would

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April 6, 2022

It is beginning to look like a most unusual and even distressful Passover. The calendar gave us plenty of breathing room as the holiday was almost a month later due to being a leap year. What I did was give people enough time to make Passover plans despite the lingering fears of Covid. It allowed for early production and

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March 1, 2022

Passover is around the corner and the preparations are very much in evidence. I watched a large tractor-trailer back out of a driveway of a local matzoh bakery with its expensive cargo. Yes, shmurah matzoh prices are rising again and so are many other prices for basic Passover prices. “I feel for the customer,”

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February 16, 2022

Brooklyn, NY… Here’s what a sign read in one of the kosher supermarkets. “Please Note: We are forced to raise some prices due to new pricing that we are being charged. Our apologies!” Similar signs worded in many different ways essentially convey the same message. What they really are saying is:

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February 2, 2022

Miami Beach…No, I am not the jealous type. My kids are in Miami, the Bahamas and the American Dream and I am in Brooklyn observing the snow-covered streets. No, I am not jealous. Nor do I care that I never had a winter vacation, currently called Yeshiva Week. But at least there’s money to be made by the

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January 19, 2022

Israel is in the midst of an unprecedented kashrus controversy that has become highly political. The current government is seeking to end the monopoly by the Chief Rabbinate on kashrus issues. For American tourists, negotiating the kashrus scene in Israel has always been nightmarish. They often long to return to the

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