Sixth Sense

January 22, 2018

This is crunch time for kosher in Miami Beach. Tens of thousands of snowbirds will be heading for the warmer climate in South Florida as school break goes into full swing. This, in addition to the customary winter vacationers. Kosher restaurants will be overflowing and in fact are already turning away patrons. Many

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January 8, 2018

It seemed surreal to watch the euphoria in many communities in the hours after the commutation of Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin’s 27-year sentence by President Donald Trump. The community, and a host of legal, political and business leaders, rightfully felt that Mr. Rubashkin was the victim of an unjust and disproportionate

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December 4, 2017

I met two kinds of people at Kosherfest. Those who are deeply embedded in the kosher food industry and those desperately seeking to grab a piece of the action. Those who are “in” were simply trying to figure out how to claim a bigger share and those who “wanted in” were looking for a foothold in what they perceive

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November 21, 2017

It is hard to believe that it has been 29 years since I launched Kosherfest with just 69 booths and 600 visitors. Contrast that with the 400 booths and 6000 visitors of Kosherfest 2017. It was most gratifying to walk the aisles, see the magnificent exhibits and the innovative kosher foods. I remember the provincial small

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October 23, 2017

If anyone doubts that Israel has emerged as a food Mecca, especially if one is kosher, a walk through the historic Machneh Yehudah market will put those doubts to rest. I actually spent a great deal of the recent holidays in an apartment just a block or so from this “shuk” – marketplace. It has been many years since

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October 2, 2017

Alexander Rappaport is not your typical Orthodox Jew in Chasidic dress. He is articulate and very much tuned into the needs of the community. So it is no wonder that during these high holy days, he is busy providing thousands of kosher meals to the poor through Masbia, a network of soup kitchens he founded. A savvy user of

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September 18, 2017

It appears that if you pay for a First Class ticket on a domestic flight nowadays, you may have to do with watching your neighbor’s eat but if you’re lucky your kosher meal will consist of an apple and some crackers, or perhaps a Sabra Hummus with crackers. This is apparently the experience of dozens of travelers who

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September 5, 2017

I wish I had $1000 for each person that has asked me over the years what reference material I would recommend to understand the kosher market. I know what they are thinking: volumes of Hebrew books beginning with the Five Books of Moses to perhaps answer intricate questions about the mixing of meat and dairy on

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August 21, 2017

Chicago - Miracles are no doubt happening in this city as the Chicago Cubs won the World Series last year after more than 100 years. Now in what appears to be an even greater miracle, Wrigley Field recently launched a kosher stand, the 13thstadium to offer the kosher fare. Owned by Kosher Standz, it is called DanZtand. It

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July 24, 2017

A lawyer friend of mine was extremely excited about the kosher food truck that began appearing in Downtown Brooklyn, near the courts. “The stuff was great,” he texted me, “and I finally will be able to make use of the few minutes I have between cases.” My grandchildren enjoyed some rather robust looking kosher

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