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Hamming it up: Kosher ‘pork’ coming soon

If the dream of tasting pork – that most forbidden of forbidden foods – has always been yours, then dream no longer. And if you thought the idea of a rabbinically approved slice of swine was less likely than a flying pig, then think again. Because kosher “pork” is coming to a butcher near you [...]

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Whole Foods denies rumors about boycotting Israeli products

Whole Foods denies rumors about boycotting Israeli products

For about a week, a rumor that the Whole Foods Market chain is boycotting Israeli products has been circulating in emails and on the blogosphere. On Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson for Whole Foods said that the rumor is completely false. It’s “definitely not true,” company spokesperson Libba Letton said in a phone interview. “We have [...]

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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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Brie? No thanks, I’ll take some Jewish food

This Shabbos, our hostess served us a special treat she had bought at the supermarket, a tiny jar of caviar. As I expected, it was revolting. Really, it was one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever put in my mouth. And this is coming from someone who used to eat sticks, and lunch bags. [...]

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Top 50 things to do in Jerusalem

1.) Church of the Holy Sepulchre The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is also called as the Church of the Resurrection to Eastern Orthodox Christians, located in the Old city of Jerusalem, far famed as the Christians holiest site and has been an significant pilgrimage since the 4th century. A monumental landmark respected as the Golgotha or [...]

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Scandal Upon Scandal

Scandal Upon Scandal

The other day, a reporter contacted me at Agudath Israel of America—I serve as the Agudah’s public affairs director—about the Conservative movement’s planned offering of an “ethical seal” of approval for kosher foods, intended to assure consumers that labor, animal welfare, consumer rights, and environmental impact standards are being adhered to by the producer. Why, [...]

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From Mashgiachs to the new Jewish food movement: “Kosher Nation” by Sue Fishkoff

When you choose to purchase a jar of peanut butter with a hecksher on it or kosher chicken, you become one of the final elements in the long journey that the particular foodstuff undertook in order to be certified as kosher. It can be easy to take this process for granted when you are receiving [...]

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The Process of Koshering the Beef

For a food to be kosher, it has to conform to the regulations of the Jewish Halakhic law. These rules form the basic aspect of Kashrut or the Jewish dietary laws. It is of Jewish practice to make sure that no unclean and impure foods enter our body. Beef can be consumed only if they [...]

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The Traditional Jewish Wedding Meal

As in other Jewish celebrations, Jewish weddings involve festive meals. The food served during the wedding reception will mainly depend on the ethnic origin and historical backgrounds of the Bride and Groom. Know your historical background. Ashkenazi Jews are of European origin and their menu traditionally composes of meats, roast potatoes and vegetables. Sephardic Jews, [...]

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Tips in Planning Your Shabbat Menu

Shabbat or Sabbath is one of the most popular Jewish observances. Shabbat is observed a few minutes before sunset every Friday until a few minutes after the first three stars appear in the sky on Saturday night. This Jewish observance is considered a festive day and a festive meal are traditionally eaten. Here are some [...]

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New Kosher Supermarket Opens in Moscow

New Kosher Supermarket Opens in Moscow

One of the largest Israeli retailers, “Co-op,” will soon be opening in Russia. The company intends to open its first major kosher food supermarket in Moscow by the end of 2011. If the Moscow store is successful, the company intends to open a similar store in S. Petersburg. The Moscow Co-op supermarket will sell on [...]

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Hanukkah Traditional Foods

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights is a special holiday to many Jews around the world. It is a festive holiday celebrated with a sumptuous family dinner. Foods prepared during Hanukkah are usually fried to commemorate the miracle of the oil lamp that burned for eight days in the Temple when it had [...]

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Shechita in England Under Threat Once Again

Shechita in England Under Threat Once Again

A major supplier of kosher meat to England has shut down. McDonald’s denies it issued a “shut down your kosher plant or else” ultimatum. Slaney Foods in County Wexford, Ireland, which supplies kosher meat for the London Board for Shechita (LBS), announced this past week that “We have made the decision not to have religious [...]

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Fritters for Hanukkah

Eating foods cooked in oil is a Jewish tradition during Hanukkah. This is done to pay homage to the miracle of the lamp oil that lasted for eight days when there was only enough fuel to last for a night. Latkes are the most common food that symbolizes the holiday but there are other foods [...]

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Healthy Jewish Cooking

Food plays an important role in Jewish tradition. Jewish cuisine is best known for its richness and influence from different cultures. Most Jewish food served nowadays are rich in fat which when consumed in large amounts can pose many health risks. Judaism requires us to maintain good health. In Deuteronomy 4:15, God commands us to [...]

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Jewish Stuff: Keeping Kosher

A lot of people, from diverse religions and ethnical backgrounds eat kosher food for different reasons, and others may share an interest in kosher food, but their definitions and intentions of eating kosher may vary. Millions of people eat kosher base on religion, culture, health and some do it because it’s a good way to [...]

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Misloach Manot for Purim

Giving food baskets to friends and loved ones is one of the major customs of Purim. This customs started as an act to make sure that every home’s table had food for Purim feast. Nowadays, giving food baskets is an act of friendship and is done to strengthen the bond of the Jewish community. Before [...]

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Sweet Like Honey

One thing I’ve learned since I started Kosher certifying a grocery store’s bakery section is that there are a lot different types of honey. Last week, I was a guest on the Fox2 Detroit Morning Show’s cooking segment called “Cooking School.” I wanted to display various foods related to Rosh Hashanah, so I went to  Johnny [...]

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How to Kosher Meat

Back in the old days, the process of koshering was done at home, most of the time involving all members of the household in the different steps. Nowadays, koshering a meat is usually done in butcher shops. However, some Jewish families still choose to kosher their meat. Koshering is the process of slaughtering meat following the [...]

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The Kosher Way of Cooking

To prepare kosher food, you should be equipped with kosher utensils, a kosher kitchen, kosher ingredients and knowledge on the Jewish dietary laws. These laws forbid the consumption of certain foods and impose the methods of slaughtering, cooking and serving it. Buy your ingredients from Jewish grocery shops or butchers selling kosher meat. A meat is considered [...]

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Jewish Memorial Gifts

Jewish funerals are unique in a way that it involves honoring the deceased while at the same time offering comfort to the mourners. Offering memorial gifts during this time is a great way to show the mourners your support and and to pay respect to the deceased. Jewish customs discourage sending flowers to the mourners. [...]

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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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Traif: Williamsburg Restaurant devoted to pork and shelfish

Traif: Williamsburg Restaurant devoted to pork and shelfish

Traif is a new restaurant that says it is going to celebrate pork and shellfish and I find it really funny, some of you may find it sad that a Jewish guy is opening up a restaurant devoted to his favorite foods which happen to be the farthest from kosher you can possibly get, but [...]

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Best of the Week

It has definitely been a strange, strange week. Mid-week Passover seders really can throw you off. Besides staying up to ungodly hours in the night, when the chag is finally over, all you want to do is go outside, be active, and get ready for the beginning of the week. The problem is that the [...]

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More health-conscious consumers turn to kosher foods

Grocers know observant and even not-so-active Jews want kosher foods for the two Seder meals that highlight the eight days of Passover, which starts Monday night. They stock up on foods that comply with the Kashrut, the ancient body of law that dictates how foods are to be stored, prepared and eaten. But interest in [...]

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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 Food – A Healthier Way to Eat

If you have seen the little kosher “U” on packaging or you have been raised to eat kosher as a member of the Jewish faith you may have a few questions about it.  As a rule kosher is a very clean, cruelty free way of eating that adheres to strict religious codes.  A food that [...]

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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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