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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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Company creates the first kosher condom

There is little that amazes me anymore, news stories, products and scandals I would have jumped on 3 years ago – rarely cause me to lift an eyebrow anymore. Yes, I’ve been desensitized, I have been exposed to such frum community madness that some rabbi merely molesting his students for 25 years is not enough, [...]

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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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Rabbi: Café chain used me as model

Rabbi: Café chain used me as model

Rabbi Kaplun Elyashiv, a member of Hasidic movement Chabad, discovered one day that he is the star of a Landwer advertisement. He says it happened in 2010 while he was talking with friends and suddenly saw his picture on the café chain’s website. A NIS 1 million ($290,000) lawsuit he filed with the Central Magistrate’s [...]

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Times: Hebrew National Kosher Hot Dogs on the Fourth of July

Times: Hebrew National Kosher Hot Dogs on the Fourth of July

Quite an interesting op-ed, and sure to stir some controversy in its negative characterization of the Orthodox view of the kosher nature of Hebrew National products. Red, White and Kosher By SUE FISHKOFF Oakland, Calif. IN 1972, a TV commercial changed the way Americans looked at kosher food. It showed Uncle Sam munching on a [...]

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Top 50 things to do in Israel

1.) Western Wailing Wall Western Wailing Wall is situated at the foot of the western side of the temple of mount in the old city of Jerusalem. Considered as the most holiest place for Jews wherein thousands of Jewish worshiper believes that the presence of God’s spirit is always in the holy temple for thousands of years. 2.) Old City of Jerusalem [...]

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Carmel Winery in Zichron Yaakov

Carmel Winery is a vineyard and winery that was established in the year 1882 in Israel by Edmond James de Rothschild. The winery extends to a total of 1,400 hectares from the land of Israel to the north of Galilee’s upper area, to the south of Negev. The winery produces chiefly wine, spirits, brandy and [...]

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Note to Grocery Store Distribution Offices and Buyers

Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States.  OK, we do not have an enormous Jewish population, but 45-50 thousand is large enough that it should be easy to find Passover products. If you live in the Meyerland area, you are set.  Belden’s selection is fantastic, Kosher Kroger is pretty helpful, HEB had [...]

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What’s Kosher at Starbucks

Starbucks shops serve many kosher and non-kosher items, with the most serious non-kosher item being hot meat sandwiches. The standard daily clean up at Starbucks includes a hot wash of all utensils and some parts of that washing are done without soap. This clean up process significantly challenges the kosher status of the otherwise kosher [...]

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Palestinian Techinah Company Applies for Hashgacha

Nablus-made tahini has always been well known, but now it may receive wider exposure. The Chief Rabbinate’s kashrus department said it recently received a request from the Alul Factory in Nablus, which manufactures tahini and halva (sweetmeat of sesame oil and nuts), to receive a kosher seal on their products. The Chief Rabbinate said it [...]

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Kosher’s New Opponent: Costco

Kosher's New Opponent: Costco

It was perhaps a sign of the times when a Long Island kosher store advertised prices that are 10% - 20% lower than Costco. Kosher stores used to compete only against other kosher stores, but of late they are looking over their shoulder at stores like Costco, Target, Trader Joe’s and even Wal-Mart. The discount [...]

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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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Justin Bieber Says the Shema & Other Jewish Customs Adopted by Non-Jews

It’s no secret that certain Jewish rituals have become mainstream. In her new book, “Kosher Nation,” Sue Fishkoff explains that kosher food isn’t only for Jewish people anymore. “More than 11.2 million Americans regularly buy kosher food, 13 percent of the adult consumer population,” she writes. “These are people who buy the products because they [...]

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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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Kosher Labeling: How to Make Your Product Kosher Certified

It is a commandment in Judaism to ensure that everything we eat is according to the Jewish Dietary Guidelines. Kosher labeling is one way to determine whether the food we will buy is kosher or not. For your food products to be kosher, you will have to obtain a kosher certification from a Kosher Certification [...]

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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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Hebrew National Hot Dogs: Questioning Higher Authority

Hebrew National Hot Dogs: Questioning Higher Authority

A 2004 article in the Jewish Daily Forward proclaimed that “Hebrew National became the unchallenged king of the kosher meat industry by marketing its product to non-Jews with the help of several catchy advertising slogans, including the famous, ‘We answer to a higher authority.’ But its success masked a bizarre twist: Most kosher consumers won’t [...]

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Gift-Giving Guide for Hanukkah

In old times, a gelt or a small amount of money was given to children during Hanukkah. Nowadays, many Jews have expanded the gelt-giving tradition to gift-giving. This is probably due to the fact that both Hanukkah and Christmas are celebrated the same time each year. These days, gift-giving is no longer restricted to kids. [...]

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Star-K Says Wild Fish Should Not Be Used Due to Worms

Recently there has been much discussion about the fish worms called Anisakis. These worms/parasites have been found in certain species of fish. Some Gedolei Eretz Yisroel have ruled that these worms are halachically prohibited and, therefore, those species of fish must be inspected prior to use. Since we at Star-K strive to have our kosher [...]

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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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Kosher Wine 101: How to Choose Kosher Wine

Kosher wine is a kind of wine produced according to strict rabbinical supervision. Generally known for its sweet taste, Kosher wine nowadays is offered in different variations (dry wines, dessert wines, and brandies). For a wine to be kosher, one has to consider  strict regulations based on Jewish dietary laws. When choosing Kosher wine, check for the hechsher [...]

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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 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 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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Eretz Tallit – Are Fashionable Tallit Kosher?

Eretz Tallit are tallitot created by Efrat Schwartz, an artist and designer. He founded his company Eretz in 1992 and has been producing Judaica products that lend a fashionable edge to its more traditional counterparts. Based in Israel, one of the company’s hottest products has been its line of contemporary tallit sets he designs for [...]

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Passover Medicines & Cosmetics 2009

2009 Passover Directoryby Rabbi Gershon Bess Indispensable guide to determining which cosmetic products, over-the-counter medications (including dietary supplements and vitamins) and prescription medications are kosher for Passover (for this year only, updated yearly). The medication list in this guide applies to products distributed by U.S. companies only. Including the Star-K sections include Pesach Preparation, Oven [...]

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2009 Kosher Supervision Guide

Kashrus Magazine guide to the 991 Kosher Agencies Worldwide. KASHRUS Magazine’s guide to the Kosher symbols and agencies worldwide. The most complete listing of kosher-certifying agencies (991), their symbols, and information about their organizations. To make the guide as complete as possible, they have included non-Orthodox kashrus agencies in the list. Where known that an [...]

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Is It Kosher? 5th Revised Editon

Encyclopedia of Kosher Foods Facts and Fallaciesby Rabbi Eliezer Eidlitz An essential work for every Jewish home! Proclaimed as the ‘Encyclopedia of Kosher Foods, Facts, and Fallacies,’ this handy volume will fill you in on everything you need to know about the kosher food industry. Includes a list of reliable hashgachos (with kashrus symbols), background [...]

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