Sixth Sense

July 7, 2021

Anyone who has been to South Florida in recent years knows that Harding Avenue in Surfside is the hub of kosher food including its many upscale restaurants. Many of the people who lived in Champlain Towers no doubt moved there because of its proximity to Harding Avenue. I remember a middle-aged woman who lived nearby being

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June 22, 2021

Despite being hailed for its large-scale immunization of its citizenry, there are still many restrictions for travel from overseas. Although many business travelers have been able to secure special permits, I have heard from industry executives that they were having problems getting the coveted permits. My sources in

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June 8, 2021

Brooklyn, NY…The ambiguity about wearing masks in the large kosher supermarkets is slowly vanishing as an increasing number of customers are dropping wearing the masks. Although most stores still post the signs, customers believe that the Covid-19 risk is behind them. Most store managers seem to be relieved since they

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May 25, 2021

Sderot…Located less than a mile from Gaza, this city of some 27,000, is no stranger to rocket attacks. The latest round ended last week with yet another ceasefire between the terrorist organization Hamas and Israel. Over the years, Sderot has suffered numerous casualties with many killed, dozens wounded, and millions of

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May 12, 2021

It was a warm muggy May night in Miami Beach but still diners ate outdoors just inches from the parked cars on Harding Avenue. For those who have not noticed, Harding Avenue has emerged as one of the hubs of kosher dining in the US. In fact, no South Florida vacation would be complete nowadays without dining at such

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April 27, 2021

From everything I have seen of late kosher diners are itching to get back to indoor dining. It is not that the outdoor option is not welcome now that the weather is turning warmer, it is just that there was a pent-up yearning to dine out. In any event, that is the message I am hearing from restaurant owners and managers.

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April 13, 2021

Rabbi Zecharia Senter, who passed away last week, was a big guy physically but even bigger as an educator and leader of kosher. Rabbi Senter would frequently relate the story of Stuhmer’s Bread that launched its ad campaign to the Jewish community on the first night of Passover. He emphasized that any company that

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March 16, 2021

David Mintz, the founder of Tofutti, who died last week, always made it clear that it was the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, known as the Lubavitcher Rebbe, who is responsible for the creation of Tofutti. “I was in the catering and restaurant business and I asked him what business to use my expertise in.”

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March 2, 2021

I had occasion to speak to quite a few retailers in the past few weeks and was encouraged to hear the optimistic outlook for the upcoming Passover. The Passover aisles are now open for business with an unprecedented array of products, including many new innovative items. Many families will be spending the holiday at home

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February 16, 2021

Chicago…A leading kosher food expert was concerned that there would be a major matzoh shortage this Passover. He wasn’t concerned about production or even Covid-19 related delays. He predicted that the growing network of kosher food banks around the country would buy up the supply before ordinary consumers had a chance

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