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April 27, 2015 / 8 Iyar, 5775
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Posts Tagged ‘KOSHER’

Hagala

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

A man makes his cooking pots kosher for Passover by dipping them into boiling water, in a process called Hagala.

Rabbis Allow XMas Trees in Kosher Israeli Hotels

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Hotels in Israel will now be able to place Christmas trees in the lobby, film movies on the premises during the Sabbath and violate other Jewish laws but hold a “kosher” status.

In the past, the Israel’s Chief Rabbinate required hotels to maintain basic compliance with Torah law in order be certified kosher.

However, a petition to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein by the “Hiddush” Freedom of Religion for Israel non-governmental organization (NGO) has forced the Chief Rabbinate to change its rules.

Hiddush CEO Uri Regev, a reform rabbi, argued the Rabbinate’s regulations violated Israel’s kashruth law, which in the past the High Court of Justice has determined are restricted solely to the issue of food, and not Sabbath observance, modesty or other points.

Regev threatened to turn to the High Court if Weinstein did not put an end to “legal infractions” committed by the Chief Rabbinate in the field of kashruth – that is, conditioning kashruth certification on general Sabbath observance and not using Christian symbols.

In response, the Chief Rabbinate announced a list of changes last Thursday, removing its ban on nearly anything that would differentiate an observant Jewish establishment from one that is not.

Regev proclaimed the move a “victory.

“First, it will finally give the numerous Jewish and non-Jewish groups that visit Israel the freedom and respect which has been denied them by the Rabbinate’s extortionist demands,” he said, according to Religion News Service. “Second, it is an important lesson in the development of the rule of law in Israel, which emphasizes that the Chief Rabbinate is bound by Israeli law and is not above it.”

That last is an issue that observant Jews are well warned to take notice of, since it is now clear – if it has not been prior to this – that supervision and certification by the Chief Rabbinate – may not longer be reliable, due to circumstances beyond the control of well-meaning rabbonim at the Rabbinate.

For example:

The ban on symbols of Christian holidays such as Christmas trees has been lifted.

The Chief Rabbinate revoked its ban on using audio, video and music equipment at hotel events on the Sabbath except when food is served.

The ban on Jews accepting payments from guests has also been canceled, except in connection to ordering and paying for food.

Perhaps most disturbing, a requirement for hotels to have a Sabbath elevator has also been lifted, with the exception of a Sabbath elevator for the delivery of food.

Attack on London Kosher Restaurant Appears to be ‘Random’

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

London police said an attack on a kosher restaurant in London on Wednesday was not a terrorist attack and probably was not anti-Semitic

No customers were in the restaurant when the sound of gunshots was heard. Further investigation suggested that windows of the Orli kosher restaurant had been shattered, “possibly by marbles” or objects other than bullet.

No one was injured.

The Jewish Community Security Trust tweeted: “At this stage we believe it probably wasn’t anti-Semitic but police are investigating.”

Police told the London Jewish News that up to four other buildings and cars not owned by Jews also were targeted, apparently by the same source. “It appears to be completely random” and there “doesn’t appear to be any obvious motive,” officials added.

Woman in ISIS ‘Blow up France’ Video May Be Linked to Attack on Jews [video]

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

A woman holding a rifle in a new ISIS video may be Hayat Boumeddiene, who is wanted by French authorities for possible involvement in the murderous attack on a Paris kosher deli where four people were killed by her husband, Amedy Coulibaly.

The new video is called “Blow Up France 2″ and shows a woman with a camouflage uniform and holding a weapon.

“French authorities are investigating the possibility this woman could be Hayat Boumeddiene,” a source told CNN.

The new video encourages more terrorist attack in France as part of the “fight for Islam” against French soldiers and police officers.

 

Hayat Boumeddiene, whose husband killed four Jews in Paris, may the new star in an ISIS video.

Hayat Boumeddiene, whose husband killed four Jews in Paris, may the new star in an ISIS video.

Osem Sues Heinz for Allegedly Selling Watered-Down Ketchup

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Israel’s giant Osem food manufacturer is suing Heinz for allegedly selling ketchup with only one-third of the 20% tomato concentrate it says is required by local laws, Kosher Today reported.

Osem took its war against the American intruder to the supermarkets as well as the courts and sent out warning letters to the stores and to the Heinz distributor in Israel.

A class-action suit was filed in court on behalf of consumers and seeks $18.5 million in damages. The American ketchup maker said the suit is baseless.

Heinz is only one of a variety — not yet 57 — of American foods that worry local manufacturers.

Israeli food makers for years have been confident that Israeli taste buds are blue and white and not red, white and blue.

Falafel still is more popular than hamburgers, and certainly more than non-kosher cheeseburgers, but how long can Israel hold out in the wake of the mentality that says, “If it is from America, it must be good”?

Kosher Today noted that Israel coffee drinkers bucked Starbucks coffee, and any American tourist ordering a cup of coffee in Israel should be careful to specifically ask for instant coffee or risk being served a cup of that black Turkish coffee, for which the apt Israeli expression translated into English is “mud.”

After more than 30 years in Israel, I still cannot stomach even the smell of “mud,” and I think my Sabra children purposely leave the residue of the stuff in the cup in the sink so I will have to make a face while washing it.

Then there is Israel grape juice, which I used to take to the United States for Shabbat because I couldn’t stand the super-sweet stuff Made in America.

But the truth is that Israel grape juice does not have a very “grapey” taste, and Kedem is making is becoming more popular in Israel at the expense of the blue and white

Proud Israelis scoffed when McDonald’s first opened up in Israel in 1993 and said the Big Mac fast food business would flop. The chain now has 160 stores in Israel, of which 50 are kosher, for better or for worse.

As much as I am loyal to Israel products, I cannot pass up a scoop of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, even though the company refuses to open up a store in Judea and Samaria.

Israeli Wine Exports Sparkle [video]

Monday, January 26th, 2015

L’chaim.

Israel wine exports rose 10 percent last year and reached $40 million and total sales were $220 million.

The Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute announced the figures on Monday at the start of the two-day Tel Aviv Sommelier Wine festival.

There is a growing demand from North America, Europe and Asia for Israeli wines, some of which have won dozens of prizes and are rated with top wines from California and France.

“In recent years Israeli won has won international recognition and the rise in wine exports to Asia where the kosher market is insignificant demonstrates the strength of Israel’s wine brand around the world,” the Export Institute Wine Department’s head Ya’ara Shimoni told Globes business newspaper.

Israel has 250 wineries, half of which are commercial operations.

Several wineries produce products from grapes grown n the Golan Heights and Judea and Samaria, where dry summers, cold winters and high altitudes contribute to the grapes’ high quality.

God has not cooperated with the Boycott Israel movement.

This winter has been usually cold and wet, just what the grape vines before waking up in the Spring.

Paris Kosher Grocery Hostages Freed, All Terrorists Dead

Friday, January 9th, 2015

As many as 15 to 20 hostages taken captive at the Hyper Kacher kosher grocery by a member of a homegrown Al Qaeda terror cell were freed, just as the sun was setting Friday evening at the start of the holy Jewish Sabbath. Tragically, four were murdered at the start of the terror attack before police were able to rescue them.

Although the terrible saga has now ended, the Association of Paris Rabbis warned members of the Jewish community to remain home and stay off the streets this Shabbat (Sabbath) because the streets are not safe in this “city still on edge.” Shops in La Marais have been ordered shut for now.

French police stormed the grocery a few minutes after special forces carried out a similar operation in a location on the other side of Paris against Said and Cherif Koachi. The two terrorist brothers came out with AK-47s blazing as special forces stormed the print warehouse where they were holed up in Dammartin-en-Goele, near Charles De Gaulle airport. Both were killed in the shootout. Said was trained in Syria and Yemen by Al Qaeda in the Arabic Peninsula (AQAP) and American Al Qaeda leader Anwar Al-Awlaki; he led the local terror cell.

Police chose to attack after the terrorists had been awake for at least 48 hours, when their reflexes were dulled and they were suffering from the effects of severe sleep deprivation. Detonating charges set around the perimeter of the building, they began their attack with explosions and gunfire.

Kouachi brothers’ co-terrorist Amedy Coulibali likewise found himself under siege by police after holding shoppers hostage for hours at a kosher grocery and finally threatening to kill his captives if his “jihadi brethren” were attacked. His hostages were freed as the last blush of the sun’s rays lit the horizon to begin the Jewish Sabbath.

Ambulances on the scene gathered the injured and traumatized hostages and sped away to hospitals.

Coulibali’s girlfriend and the fourth member of the terror cell, Hayat Boumeddienne, was apparently not present in the grocery attack as was reported earlier, according to media reports, although she was involved in the murder of a policewoman in Paris on Thursday. Boumeddienne escaped and was still at large by nightfall in Paris.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/paris-kosher-grocery-hostages-freed-all-terrorists-dead/2015/01/09/

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