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A Run on Chocolate Chips at Trader Joe’s

Looking in her cupboard last week, Shulamis Labkowski got a morsel of unwelcome news. The mother of three from Oakland, Calif., inspected three bags of Trader Joe’s semisweet chocolate chips, a staple in her kosher kitchen. They were alike in all ways but one: Two of them had a small D on the label, meaning [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 31 - May 23, 2012

Temple Jacob in Hancock, Michigan will mark its centennial anniversary with a 3 day celebration August 9–12, 2012. Preparations are under way for this once in a lifetime weekend of festivities to honor Temple Jacob’s 100 year history and launch its second century. A Centennial Campaign has been organized to ensure the financial stability of [...]

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The Deal With Trader Joe’s Kosher Chocolate Chips

At some point yesterday Chocolate Chip-Gate began on Facebook. Word got out that Trader Joe’s popular kosher chocolate chips were being re-designated as “kosher dairy” rather than “kosher pareve”. Immediately, words like “tragic” and “devastating” were being used to describe the change. Facebook users were recounting their urgent visits to local Trader Joe’s locations to grab [...]

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Jewish Cooks Don’t Cut Corners on Kashrus or Flavor

Unlike larger cities, Memphis, Tennessee has very few kosher options for dining out. To keep kosher in Memphis, one must know where to shop, what to buy, and be willing to cook, a lot. Lisa Kaufman, an Orthodox Jewish mom of four who lives in East Memphis, grew up in a traditional Jewish home and [...]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 15 February 1, 2012

The HBO pilot “All Talk” a show that focuses on a Jewish family living in Washington will star Ben Stiller. The show whose tone is being described as “politically, religiously, culturally, intellectually and sexually irreverent” – is written by “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” author Jonathan Safran Foer. A historic prayer service was conducted in [...]

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Sundance Town Gets Kosher Restaurant

Sundance Town Gets Kosher Restaurant

Just in time for the Sundance Film Festival, which descends on this winter hamlet each January, Canyons Resort opened the glatt kosher Bistro at Canyons. The bistro is the only full-service kosher-certified restaurant in Utah and is thought to be the first-ever kosher eatery at a North American ski resort. The Bistro’s offerings are on [...]

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What is Glatt Kosher

As a panelist for Jewish Values Online, I am asked to weigh in on various values-based questions from the perspective of a Conservative rabbi. A recent question I was asked to respond to was odd in that it wasn’t a question that had to do with values. I was asked to answer the difference between [...]

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Blintzes for Shavuot

On Shavuot (Pentecost) starting tonight, Tuesday night 6/7, the custom is to eat dairy meals. There are many reasons given for this custom: historical, midrashic, numerological, mystical, etymological, and of course, Talmudic. See them all discussed here. Speaking of Jewish dairy meals, the best blintzes we ever ate were at the formerly kosher restaurant, Ratner’s [...]

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Kosher Grocery Stores In Short Supply Of Baby Formula

Kosher grocery stores are facing depleted stocks of an imported Israeli baby formula popular among Hasidic Jewish families. Materna, the manufacturer, is no longer able to make shipments to the U.S., leading to shortages of one of the few dairy-based formulas that conforms to the religious laws followed by Hasidic Jews. “I’m getting at least [...]

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Top Chef Goes Kosher

Anyone who keeps kosher and watches Top Chef knows that a kosher challenge would be epic. Imagine all of the chefs running around trying to make great food and then a Mashgiach comes over to tell them that the margarine they used in one of their recipes was actually dairy and would have to be [...]

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How to Start a Kosher Catering Business

Kosher catering business is now a big business. Jews observe many holidays and festivals and festive meals are often part of the celebration. Prior to starting your kosher catering business it is important to check the area you will be serving. Are there big Jewish communities in your area? It is also important to check [...]

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Kosher or Not: Learn the Difference

A food is considered kosher when it follows strict Jewish Dietary Guidelines. This is indicated by a label or symbol printed on the food package. There are different labels representing a specific agency’s certification that the food has been prepared according to Jewish Dietary Laws. It is important to be familiar with the Jewish Dietary [...]

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How to Plan a Jewish Wedding Meal

Just like any other celebration, a Jewish wedding culminates with a festive meal. The food that will be served will mainly depend on the historical background of the couple - Ashkenazi or Jews of European origin, and Sephardi or Jews of Middle Eastern , Spanish and Portuguese origin. Traditionally, kosher food is prepared for the Jewish [...]

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Observing Kosher Rules

Kosher dietary laws should be observed all throughout the year, not just during Passover. Keeping kosher is a way of showing our obedience to God. Here are a few things to keep in mind to keep kosher: According to Torah, there are certain animals that should not be eaten at all. Refrain from eating the flesh, [...]

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How to Observe Hanukkah Traditions

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights has a number of traditions observed by Jews. These traditions add more meaning to the celebration of Hanukkah. A Menorah is lit on every night of Hanukkah in remembrance of the ancient Jews’ victory over the Syrians. Light the Shamash (center candle) on the first night of [...]

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Boutique Dairy Farm in Germany Goes Kosher

Germany’s kosher consumers can now enjoy a full line of locally produced boutique cheeses and milk that come from a small dairy farm near the major Northern city of Hamburg. Until now, explains Rabbi Shlomo Bistritzky, Chabad representative to Hamburg, “I’d go to the dairy farm myself, and supervise the kashrut of a small quantity [...]

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More Passover Memories

The other day I blogged about celebrating Passover on my great aunt’s dairy farm outside of Baltimore. I sent the link to my aunt and uncle (on the other side of the family). They read the latest books on their Kindle and have digitized all their old LPs, but it didn’t occur to my 80-year-old [...]

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Kosher Butcher – Ensuring the Beef is Kosher

Kosher is a term that basically means that food and wine are produced in a kosher way.  The food must be certified and the production must be overseen by a rabbi to make sure all criteria are met.  In the case of fruits and vegetables it’s not a problem.  Everything that comes out of the [...]

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Kosher Candy – Do I Have to Give Up the Good Stuff?

Kosher food is fundamentally pure and cruelty free.  It is also a very healthy, natural way to eat and that may seem to throw out candy as an option.  But, surprisingly the variety of kosher candy is huge and includes many readily available commercial brands.  There is also a large selection of pareve candy, meaning [...]

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Kosher Chocolate – Is Kosher Chocolate as Good as Non Kosher?

For many years people have joked that chocolate is its very own food group, and the best one at that!  Eating chocolate is one of life’s enjoyments and living a kosher lifestyle does not mean that you have to give it up.  In fact there is a wide variety of kosher chocolate available today and [...]

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Kosher Cookies – A Special Dessert for a Kosher Meal

It’s Passover and you and your family have celebrated with a huge kosher meal.  Everyone is too stuffed when they leave the table for a fancy dessert but they may have a sweet tooth that needs satisfying.  One make-ahead dessert that everyone loves is cookies and if made carefully they can be an excellent addition [...]

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Kosher Desserts – The Perfect End to a Kosher Meal

Kosher is a system of eating with very strict rules governing most of the food groups.  For instance, kosher meats must be prepared a certain way and are limited.  Most vegetables and fruits are kosher but a careful inspection is still required.  Some foods, such as pork and shellfish, are completely eliminated.  One area with [...]

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Kosher Dill Pickles – Is a Kosher Pickle Kosher?

Kosher dill pickles are somewhat misleading.  The term kosher describes a regimen of eating that is following by the Orthodox Jewish religion and other individuals interested in a healthy way of eating.  As a rule it includes meat and fowl slaughtered in a specific manner that is as cruelty free as possible with some exceptions.  [...]

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Kosher Foods – What Exactly Does Kosher Mean?

Kosher is a term used to describe the acceptableness of certain foods and drinks to people that are Orthodox Jews.  Kosher foods can come from any of the food groups as long as the proper procedures and protocol have been followed.  A food thought to be kosher may suddenly be non kosher simply because it [...]

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Kosher Gelatin – When Is It Kosher and When Is It Forbidden?

Gelatin has been a little tricky for people trying to eat kosher.  The base of the issue is that gelatin is not always made the same way and from the same products.  The bulk of the gelatin on the market and used in food production is made from the bones of cattle.  Gelatin made in [...]

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Kosher Gift Baskets – A Great Gift Any Time of Year

Kosher is a way of eating that involves food prepared in a cruelty free way and pure way.  It is a method of food preparation that insures no contamination and only uses ingredients from plants and animals that are certified kosher.  The term kosher is a term that originated in the very early days of [...]

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Kosher Market – Where Eating Kosher Gets Easier

For people that practice Orthodox Judaism eating kosher is a way of life and that is the religion that is responsible for kosher certifications.  Many people are surprised that while the term kosher is Jewish, it is practiced by a surprising number of non Jews.  Members of the Church of Latter Day Saints have many [...]

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Kosher Meat – Why Eat Kosher?

People eat kosher meat for a lot of different reasons.  If you are Jewish chances are you ate kosher at certain holidays or at certain family members.  As a child you might not have even thought about what kosher meant, it was just a term that you heard your relatives use.  In fact, the word [...]

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Kosher Gifts – Perfect for Jewish and Non Jewish Friends

Giving gifts can be somewhat tricky.  In this day and age of political correctness we worry that we will inadvertently offend someone when we were just trying to be nice.  You might not be aware if the recipient practices kosher or not, you might not be aware of whether they are Jewish or not.  Giving [...]

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Meat and Dairy

An Illustrated Halachic Guide - RevisedEdited by Rabbi Ehud RosenbergTranslated by: Rabbi Dovid Landesman An indispensable, illustrated, user-friendly guide to the laws of kashruth that no kosher kitchen can afford to be without! This book gives an easy-to-follow tour through the basics of kashruth, including the laws of absorption (bli’ah), extended soaking (kvishah), sharply flavored [...]

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