Sixth Sense

December 20, 2010

Lost in the aisles upon aisles of booths at Kosherfest was a group of exhibitors who you might say were the anchors of the show and icons of the kosher food industry. Despite mergers, acquisitions, and the demise of many brands over the last decades, there were the families that helped shape the kosher food industry. At

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December 20, 2010

In just two days, Sholom Rubashkin, the former CEO of the failed Agriprocessor will be sentenced for bank fraud, not for the large number of illegal immigrants he allegedly employed, not for employing minors, not for allegedly denying his workers the right to unionize and not even for animal cruelty, the charge that PETA

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December 20, 2010

There is a good chance that several of your neighbors may be heading to one of the many “Pesach programs” in major hotels throughout the country. In fact, you might be one of those headed to a 5-star resort somewhere in Florida, California or Arizona. 20,000 American and Canadian Jews will be there as well. The menu

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December 20, 2010

Who would have believed? That’s the way I felt on February 1st at the Kosher Restaurant & Wine Experience, sponsored by Kedem and held on Pier 60 on the Hudson River. I am already used to seeing displays of upscale kosher wines and foods, but this was different. It wasn’t only because of the sheer number of great

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December 20, 2010

The Dagim Company, manufacturers of many fish products, recently contributed a significant amount of product to Masbia, a network of kosher soup kitchens founded by Alexander Rappaport and supported by the Metropolitan Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty. Just before Passover, KJ Poultry delivered truckloads of kosher

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December 20, 2010

He was portrayed as a vicious person, one who employs minors and thinks nothing of children handling knives. Even in his federal conviction for bank fraud, he was portrayed as a monster; one that prosecutors argued deserves life imprisonment, a disproportionate sentence for the crimes that he was accused of. After all, who

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December 20, 2010

Watching the brisk sales at some of the large kosher supermarkets this holiday season, I could not help but remind myself that for much of the kosher industry, planning is well underway for Passover 2011 (eve of April 18th). For the average customer Passover is light years away, more this year than in 2010 because of the

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December 20, 2010

There is a good chance that several of your neighbors may be heading to one of the many “Pesach programs” in major hotels throughout the country. In fact, you might be one of those headed to a 5-star resort somewhere in Florida, California or Arizona. 20,000 American and Canadian Jews will be there as well. The menu

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September 14, 2009

A friend of mine who traveled to Israel aboard Delta Airlines discovered that the special kosher meal he had ordered was not Glatt Kosher. The circumstances may be a bit complicated but here goes. In most cases, when a special kosher meal is ordered, it means a glatt kosher or mehadrin meal will be on board. The friend

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September 14, 2009

It was an unfortunate incident for the Streit family when it learned just several weeks before Passover that its Matzoh would not be acceptable in many of the stores supervised by the Vaad Harabbonim of Queens and the Vaad Hakashrus of the Five Towns. The reason: The matzoh no longer had a national certification (it

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