Sixth Sense

March 6, 2017

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

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February 6, 2017

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 What they are really saying is that if you still have an outdated notion about the quality of kosher food and wine, forget it – it’s history.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 of the better kosher

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January 23, 2017

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

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January 9, 2017

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

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December 20, 2016

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 only

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December 20, 2016

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 only

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December 6, 2016

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

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December 6, 2016

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

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November 21, 2016

As I walked the show last week at Kosherfest, I was the beneficiary of many whispers about developments in kosher, all of which is promising. A cookbook author reveals the subject of a new book to be published next year. A large food company lets me in on a secret about a new line of products that it will be launching.

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November 7, 2016

“It just won’t be the same without Pardes,” a close friend opined when he heard that the trendy kosher restaurant located in Downtown Brooklyn had closed. Chef Moses Wendel was a genius when it came to menu innovation and presentation, which earned him instant fame in the constant move to upscale in the kosher

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