Novel Flavors

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Each Jewish New Year, as we greet each other with a joyous shannah tovah, I add a happy birthday for myself. Being born on Rosh Hashanah, a holiday with a tradition of tasting new food, as well as being the owner of The Classic Catering People, I relish in the discovery of novel flavors. Rosh… Read More

Punt The Pomegranate

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Let’s be honest, people — it’s 2013, and with rows of bottled pomegranate juice lining every convenience store refrigerator, the sight of those hundreds of little red stains-to-be on Rosh Hashanah night is just all too humdrum. So when you usher in the Jewish New Year with a new fruit this holiday season, why not… Read More

New Super-Size Kitchen Awaits Jewish Pilgrims To Uman

Jewish volunteers have finished building a kitchen the size of a basketball court in Uman, Ukraine, where they plan to prepare 105,000 meals to serve to pilgrims next month. The new kitchen, donated by philanthropist and entrepreneur Steve Bogomilsky of Florida, replaced a smaller setup used in previous years by volunteers and employees of Uman’s… Read More

Journey to Uman

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Each Rosh Hashanah, thousands of Jews travel to Uman, a small town in Ukraine, where the plumbing is outdated, the environment is hostile and the main attraction is overcrowded. Many stay in tents in close quarters with one another. But kvetching is kept to a minimum. Why? They’re all there to visit the grave of… Read More

‘Jews Are Still At Risk’

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Late last week, federal officials, along with representatives of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington formally announced at a news conference the seizure of the long-lost “Rosenberg Diary.” The book, which had gone missing following the Nuremberg Trials in the late 1940s, is a loose collection of the recollections — from spring 1936 to… Read More

What‘s Shakin? The Lulav And Etrog

Leviticus 23:39-43 discusses the Children of Israel wandering about after the Exodus, and God directs Jews to live in sukkot in commemoration. But it’s not just a matter of building the temporary home. God also tells His people to take “the fruit of goodly trees, branches of palm trees and boughs of thick trees and… Read More

Unique Israeli Bling Dazzles

In the early decades of the Jewish state, brilliant green Eilat stones and intricate Yemenite silver filigree were the hallmarks of Israeli jewelry. Of course, there were also traditional Judaica pieces: tiny mezuzot, chai charms, Jewish stars, names spelled in Hebrew letters. The more classic designs captured the attention of my Israeli grandparents, who gifted… Read More

Helping Israel’s Economy

Don’t buy Israeli products just because you love Israel. There’s a better reason, says Eli Groner, minister of economic affairs at Israel’s embassy in Washington, D.C. “People want to give business to their friends and to their neighborhood,” he says, “and Israel is part of the Jewish neighborhood. But most buyers are interested in quality,… Read More

Experience One of Israel’s Sweet Sides

Israel isn’t just the land of milk and honey — it’s the land of milk and cocoa, too. Maybe you enjoy whimsical candies like candy canes, jellybeans and gummies. Maybe you revel in the nostalgic feeling evoked by eating halva. Maybe you enjoy chocolate with popping candy inside. Whatever your tastes, Israeli candies have something… Read More