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Has the Era of the Kosher Cheeseburger Arrived?

When the world’s first lab-grown burger was introduced and taste-tested on Monday, the event seemed full of promise for environmentalists, animal lovers and vegetarians. Another group that had good reason to be excited: kosher consumers. The burger was created by harvesting stem cells from a portion of cow shoulder muscle that were multiplied in petri […]

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EJA Mobilizes Against Polish Ban on Shchita

Following last Friday’s decision made by the Polish Parliament (Sejm) essentially banning all Kosher butchering from taking place in the country, General Director of the European Jewish Association (EJA), Rabbi Menachem Margolin has conducted a series of intensive talks with polish leaders and representatives in the E.U Parliament. Rabbi Margolin urged President Komorowski and Sejn […]

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Rabbinate Introduces ‘Bourekas Reform’

After the marriage registration reform , here comes the “bourekas revolution”: The Chief Rabbinate of Israel has issued new kosher procedures, obliging manufacturers of one of the country’s most popular pastries to design them in uniform and fixed shapes to prevent confusion between dairy and parve (neither meat nor milk) products. From now on, each […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 80 - June 12, 2013

Shoppers have been outraged over the discovery of an Amazon seller’s newest line of baby apparel: Jewish baby bibs. The bibs may be in possible violation of the online giant’s policy prohibiting products that glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance. Following the criticism, Amazon pulled several variations of the products. Two years since […]

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Chabad Sauveur is Flourishing 2 Years After Launch

In the two years since Chabad launched a centre in the lower Laurentian town of Saint-Sauveur, a lot has changed, its 26-year-old director, Rabbi Yitzchok Ezagui said. The centre remains an important resource for Jewish families who either live in the town of 10,000 or spend their weekends or summers there or in neighbouring areas […]

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New App Warns Drivers Approaching a Gay Mob

Orthodox Jews in Israel celebrated a new app that works on kosher phones, the app is designed to warn drivers when they are coming upon a gay mob. Many unfortunate incidents happen in Israel when the Ultra-Orthodox happen upon gay mobs, so someone bright enough to create an app to warn of such abominations is […]

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N.J. Kosher Cheese Company Bidding for Recovery After Sandy

A flooded warehouse, decomposed wall beams, sodden sheetrock, crumbling brick walls, a fried electrical system and about $2 million worth of rotten cheese waiting to be chucked: That’s only a glimpse of the woes facing Brigitte Mizrahi. Mizrahi owns Anderson International Foods, a small kosher cheese company she founded in 1995, and her warehouse is […]

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Rabbi Amar: ‘

Amar issued a halachic ruling following lab tests conducted on such crops, in which he recommends that the public purchase regular leafy vegetables and clean them “in the old-fashioned way.” The chief rabbi’s ruling may have dramatic consequences, as it could prove to be disastrous for one of the current generation’s most significant developments in […]

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US Sues Florida for Halting Kosher Meals

The U.S. federal government is suing Florida’s Department of Corrections for not offering kosher meals to prison inmates. In the lawsuit, filed in Miami federal court, federal officials state that by refusing to offer kosher meals, the state “forces hundreds of its prisoners to violate their core religious beliefs on a daily basis,” the Sun-Sentinel […]

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Meeting the New Matisyahu

After posting a photo [below] with Matisyahu backstage at his recent Detroit concert, the questions began. Friends wanted to know if he was wearing a kippah (yarmulke) or tzitzit (ritual fringes), whether he was eating kosher, and if I asked him if he was still frum (religious). For the record, he still keeps kosher and mostly eats […]

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Op-Ed: What’s Wrong with a Non-Jewish Nanny?

After reviewing and pondering some of the recent articles and associated comments on this website, I felt that there is a significant problem in the Lubavitch community that must be addressed. The problem is the prevalent practice of Lubavitch families employing non-Jewish (predominantly Hispanic) women to work in their homes assisting with housework and/or child […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 35 - June 20, 2012

New York City health officials proposed that Orthodox Jewish parents must sign a consent waiver before they can take part in a circumcision ritual. Introduced at a Board of Health meeting, the proposal represents an escalation of the city’s efforts to curtail the ancient Jewish procedure of metzitzah b’peh. London is all ready to host […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 34 - June 13, 2012

At least for one day, all ethnic tensions played second-fiddle to  Harmony Day, at Hamilton-Metz Park. As the summer is nearly upon us in its official capacity, we soon will mark the legal-age since the infamous 1991 Crown Heights riot. The day’s activities commenced with a march down Empire Boulevard in the morning, and ended […]

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Dutch Ban on Kosher Slaughter Sidestepped by Agreement

Dutch Agriculture Minister Hans Bleker signed an agreement with Jewish and Muslim religious leaders and slaughterhouses which will prevent a ban on ritual slaughter. Under the agreement signed Tuesday, animals can continue to be ritually slaughtered as long as they lose consciousness within 40 seconds of their throats being cut. After 40 seconds they must […]

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Keeping the Peace, One Kosher Frank at a Time

When 26-year-old Crown Heights native Menachem Eber attended his first Family Day picnic in Lefferts Park 19 years ago, there were almost as many cameras as kosher franks. A generation later, tourists had replaced the television trucks, and despite expected record attendance, the once-unprecedented event barely warranted a nod. Which, if you ask officers in […]

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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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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 29 - May 9, 2012

The UJA-Federation of New York have set a Guinness World Record by making  1,660 sandwiches in one hour to be donated to feed the hungry. After recording the event for Guinness World Record certification, the sandwiches were donated to the Queens Jewish Community Council in Forest Hills and to the Long Island-based Interfaith Nutrition Network.The […]

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Chabad Sponsors ‘Kosher’ Lag Ba’omer Festival

As Lag Ba’omer approaches, Israelis are stockpiling wood and boards for bonfires and wrapping potatoes in aluminum foil in anticipation of the holiday. The country’s biggest children’s stars are also getting into gear for Chabad’s inaugural “Festilag” – a “kosher” version of the popular Festigal that will put on free performances throughout Israel. Some of […]

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‘Non-Kosher Meat Served at President’s Residence’

'Non-Kosher Meat Served at President's Residence'

President Shimon Peres’s chief of staff Efrat Duvdevani has sent a letter to Chief Rabbis Yona Metzger and Shlomo Amar calling on them to thoroughly investigate the catering company Pri Haaretz, which allegedly served non-kosher meat at the president’s Independence Day party at his Jerusalem residence. First reported by Ma’ariv, the company that catered the […]

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Not-the-T-Shirt of the Week: Badge of Dishonor

Last week the world went apesh*t over this t-shirt on the Urban Outfitters website, for damn good reason. The Anti-Defamation League came out with its usual “strongly-worded” chastisement of any use of a six-pointed star that could be construed as offensive, demanding an immediate apology from the so-hip-it-hurts clothing purveyor. Considering last week was Yom […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 26 April 18, 2012

AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 26 April 18, 2012

A Connecticut condominium association has reversed their decision to ban the display of mezuzahs on the doorposts of residents’ apartments. One resident was instructed to remove her mezuzah from her doorpost or face a $50 fine per-day. Once she learned that the decision was changed. she will be permitted to display the religious artifact. Last […]

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The Titanic’s Kosher Kitchen

This Sunday, the world will mark 100 years since the sinking of the infamous cruise liner, the Titanic. What do we know of the Jews who were aboard that fateful ship? How did they observe the Jewish dietary laws during the voyage? A few experts dove into the research, both figuratively and literally. From the […]

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Pesach Chumros: Are Eggplants Chometz?

Books with pages spread wide open, perched on balcony railings and shedding imaginary crumbs of not-kosher-for Passover food. Shelves covered in new paper, and masses of aluminum foil on kitchen counters and the stovetop. Signs on doors warning “Do not bring in hametz” - referring to leavened products - with several exclamation marks. All of […]

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Why is This App Different from All Other Apps?

A newly published interactive Haggada app downloadable for iPad users and kitted with some of the latest multi-sensory technology could be the best gadget yet to get kids (and adults) truly engaged at this year’s Seder proceedings. Featuring traditional kosher for Passover recipes, a host of pre-Passover preparation tips such as how to arrange the […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 24 April 4, 2012

An Orthodox Jewish girls high school in Brooklyn ordered their students to close their facebook accounts or face being fined or worse expulsion. Benzion Stock, the administrator of the Crown Heights school said girls are getting killed on the Internet that’s the reason why they are telling their students to close their accounts. In Israel […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 23 March 28, 2012

More children are suffering accidents from poisoning to drowning during the two weeks before Passover than during any other fortnight in the year. The dangers are even greater during the week before the Festival of Freedom, when children are on school holiday and parents are involved in intensive cleaning preparations. Parents are told to protect […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 21 March 14, 2012

13 israelis are part of the world’s billionaires list with Idan Ofer, director of Ofer Group leading the list of Israeli billionaires in the 161st spot, with an estimated fortune of $6.2 billion. Beny Steinmetz of Steinmetz Business Group ranked eight spots bellow Ofer, with a net worth of $5.9 billion. Another Ofer brother, Eyal, […]

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p JewishMisanthropy Announces “Kosher Camera” that Erases Women in Real Time

Yesterday eJewish Philanthropy released a special, satirical Purim edition of their usual newsletter called pJewishMisanthropy. The whole thing is absolutely hilarious-at least it should be to any of us working in the Jewish communal world who read often-vague articles about the future of “peoplehood,” “Jewish innovation,” “leadership,” and “engagement” in the ever-changing Jewish American/Israeli landscape. […]

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Eating Jewish: Espinacas con Garbanzos (Spinach and Chickpeas)

Hamantaschen are the signature food of Purim, and I definitely look forward to this time of year knowing that I’ll get to eat my fill of those delicious cookies. Yet despite wishing that I could eat nothing but hamantaschen for the entirety of the holiday (don’t you wish you could eat cookies all the time […]

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