Sixth Sense

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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February 2, 2021

A trip to Manhattan usually meant a stop at Mendy’s on 34th Street. It wasn’t just because the restaurant became an iconic kosher destination thanks to Seinfeld. No, it was an opportunity to enjoy their real “heimish” matzoh ball soup or great chicken or liver salad sandwiches. Imagine my surprise the other day

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January 20, 2021

For the second year in a row, Adelle is planning a Seder with only her husband Izzie. It is unlikely that her children in Milwaukee, Los Angeles and Bet Shemesh will be able to travel. The 25+ Seder attendance of 2019 will not happen, Adelle said sadly. “We will be sitting at home and talking about our children who will

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January 5, 2021

Imagine a life where your food is delivered automatically, your weekly preferences already stored on your computer. Even the kosher pizza store already knows your preference of toppings. The takeout store delivers your spaghetti and meatballs on Tuesday evenings. A number of younger couples told me recently that they are

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December 15, 2020

A miracle, say the rabbis, is an event that happens out of the ordinary. Not in the “normal” realm of things. The Chanukah miracle of a small jug of oil that defied its norm of burning for only one day and instead burned for 8 days, was the perfect example of such a miracle. As Jews celebrate Chanukah this year, things

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December 2, 2020

And so, it happened: For the first time in 32 years, I was not at Kosherfest a few weeks ago. It was quite flattering to hear from so many people what they missed at Kosherfest. Most fell into the category of missing tasting the good food and the new products. Others spoke of the incredible buzz at the show that they

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November 17, 2020

Manhattan is a shadow of its former self and quite easy to understand why the robust kosher dining scene in Manhattan is still a distant memory compared to what it was prior to the pandemic. It is hard to believe but only 10% of Manhattan office workers are back. One large business that formerly employed 230 people is

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