Sixth Sense

September 14, 2009

European Jews seem to be perpetually condemned to a tenuous acceptance of schechita as being a humane form of animal slaughter. Although they recently won a major victory in the European Union Parliament, the legislative body did not preclude further debate in each of the EU’s parliaments. Indeed, animal rights activists

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September 14, 2009

For some people eating fish and salads is a way of life, but for most kosher consumers, eating well means eating meat products. It is perhaps ingrained in Jewish tradition and culture that a meal means “meat and fish,” although the order is reversed since fish may not be eaten immediately after meat. These are the Nine

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September 14, 2009

Spending Shabbat on the Aegean Sea wasn’t any different on this huge ocean liner than at any other luxury hotel. For my wife and I and nearly 100 others who were aboard the Costa Fortuna with its near 3,500 passenger load, the kosher cuisine was remarkable. Ofi Schiffman, part of the family that owns Kosherica, made sure

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September 14, 2009

It was in the early ‘90’s, a time when a whole new world of kosher was coming into its own. Yosi Heber, then a marketing director at the US Dannon company, finally convinced his bosses that it was time to convert a generic “k” to an OU with the obvious exception of those products that used animal based gelatin. The

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May 18, 2009

There is a plan in Israel to levy a16.5 percent value added tax on fruits and vegetables. Like other world economies, Israel is looking for new sources of revenues to deal with the effects of a recession. The feeling is that this will be enforceable only in supermarkets and in many independents, creating a huge “black

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May 18, 2009

There is a plan in Israel to levy a16.5 percent value added tax on fruits and vegetables. Like other world economies, Israel is looking for new sources of revenues to deal with the effects of a recession. The feeling is that this will be enforceable only in supermarkets and in many independents, creating a huge “black

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May 4, 2009

I was a child when the Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field but the stadium on Bedford Avenue stuck in my mind even as the Dodgers left for the West Coast and I was growing up. Visiting Citi Field last week, it all seemed to come back to me as the rotunda and the entrance very much reminded me about good

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May 4, 2009

I was a child when the Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field but the stadium on Bedford Avenue stuck in my mind even as the Dodgers left for the West Coast and I was growing up. Visiting Citi Field last week, it all seemed to come back to me as the rotunda and the entrance very much reminded me about good

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April 20, 2009

Passover had just ended an hour or so ago on Thursday night when supermarkets and grocery stores were again filled to capacity. In Boro Park, some stores had barely had a chance to remove the paper that covered the chametz products when shelves were quickly emptied. A fully-stocked aisle with cereals emptied within an hour

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April 20, 2009

Passover had just ended an hour or so ago on Thursday night when supermarkets and grocery stores were again filled to capacity. In Boro Park, some stores had barely had a chance to remove the paper that covered the chametz products when shelves were quickly emptied. A fully-stocked aisle with cereals emptied within an hour

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