Sixth Sense

July 15, 2020

Some people are bent on ripping out 2020 from the calendar based on the still uncertain future of the devastating Covid-19 pandemic. Major events like the New York City Marathon and even Broadway have been cancelled for the balance of 2020. The nation’s major food shows like the Fancy Food Show and Expo West have also

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June 30, 2020

This was the week when restaurants in New York City could introduce sidewalk dining. Kosher restaurants rushed to buy little tables, chairs, and umbrellas to be neatly placed at curbside. Most restaurant tables I saw in Brooklyn had no more than 2-3 people. It so much reminded me of Europe. Outdoor dining is a pastime for

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June 17, 2020

Jodi couldn’t contain her excitement. The Starbucks she had come to love was open once again only to learn that for the first time in her life she would not be welcome. As she entered the store, she realized that the normal 6-8 workers were down to only two. “Mam, you have to order on-line. We are open for pickup

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June 3, 2020

My phone has been ringing incessantly asking for donations for various causes. Organizations seemed to have decided that despite the shut society, there was plenty of money to go around. One organization that runs an annual breakfast event is offering a gourmet breakfast for two to be delivered to the door for donors.

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May 20, 2020

For many families that have been home bound for more than two months due to the Corona virus, the first cracks in the government restrictions was the opportunity to get on the road again. Many Brooklyn families whose children are home packed up their cars and headed to Orlando. Several older couples headed to Phoenix, as

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May 5, 2020

Rivkah has been home for nearly six weeks. Keeping her family indoors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been tough. She has been working at home, acting as a teacher for her younger children, doing household chores whenever she has a free moment. She noticed that the kitchen has become a “hangout.” My

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April 21, 2020

Deborah never imagined that she would celebrate her Seder this year with only her 54-year old husband and that her 85-year old mother would be making a Seder alone in her own home. In previous years, there were as many as 21 family members present at the Seder table. Chesky considers himself a very creative person when it

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March 31, 2020

At a time of year when celebration is the order of the day, we are all in a state of shock. We were ill-prepared for a disease that would take so many lives in the community. We were not prepared to have our most celebrated holiday Passover interfered with. We didn’t plan on being home bound at the most traveled time of

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March 4, 2020

We actually held our breath as we prepared this special Passover edition. As we were reviewing all the new Passover items, word came in of the cancellation of Passover programs, particularly in Europe. You had to feel sorry for operators and organizers who have working all year for a successful Passover season. Miracles

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February 19, 2020

The Berger family was all set to reserve 3 rooms for Passover at a Northeast resort when Mrs. Berger learned that a friend was considering going to the same program but that the price for their similar family was considerably less. One operator said that “deals” were common although many were “last minute.” In the

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