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Israel Hotels Attracting Tourists with OU Kosher Certification

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Israeli restaurants and hotels are more interested n seeking kosher certification from the American-based Orthodox Union (OU) in order to attract foreign tourists, according to the Kosher Today newsletter.

It said that many American Jewish tourists generally are more familiar with the OU than Israeli rabbinic certifications.

The OU operates in Israel in an office near downtown Jerusalem and has several kosher supervisors.

Not all restaurants are willing to accept OU supervision. Kosher Today noted that the La Cuisine restaurant decided to forfeit its OU certification for Passover rather than agree to its requirements for proper cleaning of the facility before the holiday.

Arson Attack Against Jewish Restaurant in Hollywood, Florida

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

An arson attack at the Achla Pita Grill in Hollywood, Florida may be linked to an arson committed at the same strip mall a year ago against another Jewish business.

The Holyland Judaica store was burnt down on December 1, 2011 before dawn. The Achla Pita Grill was also destroyed prior to business hours.

The Emerald Center mall is said to be located in a heavily Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in west Hollywood.

There were two assailants who wore concealing attire.  They tried to breach an adjacent Jewish sushi restaurant, but were unable.  When they entered Achla Pita Grill, they set fire to the kitchen.  No money was stolen.

The owner of the grill and the sushi restaurant is Ilan Timianski, 46, a native of Israel.

The King in Jerusalem

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

An Israeli Elvis impersonator preformed Saturday night in a restaurant near Jerusalem, in honor of the 35th anniversary of the King’s death.

Elvis impersonators are divided into those who do the young king and those who depict him in his later years, when he let himself go. This one is decidedly of the latter category.

Elvis Aaron Presley died unexpectedly on August 16, 1977, at the age of 42, from prescription drug abuse and severely compromised health.

As a teenager, Elvis was Shabbes goy for his Jewish neighbors, joining a respectable list that includes Colin Powell, Mario Cuomo and Martin Scorsese.

August 16th is not a good date for large-bulk celebrities. In 2003 on this day, Ugandan dictator Idi Amin died.

I’m going on the treadmill today, no ifs or buts.

Political Correctness Run Amok

Monday, August 6th, 2012

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Until about a week ago, I never heard of Chick-fil-A. When I first heard the name, I thought it might be some sort of sleazy escort service.  Maybe that’s because I observe Jewish dietary laws. Keeping Kosher means not being able to eat at McDonalds or any other non kosher fast food restaurant chain. Which is what Chick-fil-A is.

Normally news about a non Kosher fast food chain of any kind is well below my radar. Why would I care after all about what its owner said? Well, in this case I do care.  The  president of Chick-fil-A who is a religious Baptist made what many have deemed to be a bigoted statement about gays. What was it he said? From USA Today:

Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy said this week that his privately owned company is “guilty as charged” in support of what he called the biblical definition of the family unit… “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that…”

To say that this statement is bigoted is so ridiculous that I would have thought it was some sort of parody were it not reported as fact. But it wasn’t ridiculous to a Chicago Alderman who vowed to prevent Chick-fil-A from opening up a restaurant in his city. From the Washington Post:

Alderman Joe Moreno said Wednesday that unless the company comes up with a written anti-discrimination policy, Chick-fil-A will not open its first free-standing restaurant in the city as it plans to do.

Chicago’s Mayor Emanuel expressed similar sentiments.

I have expressed my own attitude about homosexuals many times. The short version is that it is all about Kavod HaBrios and treating all human beings with the dignity they deserve – regardless of what their sexual orientation is. The biblical injunction is against a specific homosexual act. Not against someone with the desire to commit it. Nor is it our job to find out what goes on in the privacy of anyone’s bedroom. That is only between an individual and his Maker. It is our obligation instead to judge all people favorably.

What seems to be happening here goes far beyond understanding and tolerance. It goes far beyond treating our fellow man with love and compassion – regardless of the human condition that causes man to sin against God. Is there alive a man today that has not sinned? But the agenda of some gay rights activists is not  about respecting human dignity. It is about celebrating homosexuality!

For those of us who believe in the bible that is completely unacceptable.

And yet the current climate of much of western culture is to look at it in exactly that way. It seems that almost all the reporting about Chick-fil-A  has been negative. As if to deny anyone the right to see marriage only in a heterosexual context.

This has nothing to do with the whether one agrees with that or not. It has to do with the right to express an opinion. One based on a religious viewpoint no less!

Chick fil-A does not deny anyone the right to eat in their restaurant. They have gay employees and gay patrons. I am sure that many gay people have eaten at Chick-fil-A without incident. And yet for publicly expressing a religious view that has become politically incorrect – there are people who want to harm Chick fil-A financially!

As if to put an exclamation point on this – from the Huffington Post:

(LGBT) has filed complaints against Chick-fil-A, alleging that the franchise violated the Illinois Human Rights Act when its chief operating officer, Dan Cathy, made statements against gay marriage.

This is wrong. It is political correctness run amok! And anyone with any sense of fairness should see that. The fact is that despite the current approach by media, entertainment industry, and some political figures, the American people are not in lockstep with their attempt to stifle opinions they don’t agree with.

Former Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee called for an “Appreciation Day for Chick fil-A” – asking people to show up to support for the restaurant chain by eating at one of their restaurants on August 1st. Needless to say they had a record  number of people showing up that day.

Williamsburg Store Owners Slammed for Banning Sleeveless Shoppers

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

If a snooty restaurant can require that men wear dinner jackets in order to be served, is it okay for shopkeepers to require its customers to wear modest attire?  That’s the kind of question being debated in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, these days.

Restaurants with a “no shoes, no service” rule have been commonplace for years.  That rule is partly for health purposes, but it is also partly because many people are turned off by seeing someone else’s bare feet when they eat.  If someone is barefoot and hungry, they’ll just have to go to a different restaurant and no one thinks about raising claims of discrimination.

But for some reason the ban by certain Orthodox Brooklyn shopkeepers on customers’ cleavage and bare shoulders has raised the ire of some local consumers, and confused the general public and even law professors concerning permissible limitations on public attire.

One of the complaints is that the stores with the dress codes serve lots of people, not just Jews.

“Religious freedom is one thing, but we do not have the right to enforce our beliefs on someone else,” one local resident claimed.

Another added, “Why should they be able to say that on their signs?  It’s not OK.”

Actually, it is.

So long as the shopkeepers are only telling you what you cannot do in their store – in other words, not requiring you to change your own lifestyle to conform to their own – the shopkeeper has wide latitude about what can be required of customers.  And it isn’t as if the Brooklyn dress codes require customers to follow the religious practices of the storeowners.  There is no prohibition on women wearing pants, for example, nor is there a distinction made between men and women – the discrimination is appearance-based, not gender based.

Marci Hamilton teaches Constitutional Law at Cardozo Law School.  Presumably she knows the difference between discrimination imposed by the government – which is virtually always verboten – and restrictions imposed by private actors, such as shopkeepers, on their personal property, which is almost always permissible, so long as not overtly discriminatory.

When asked to comment on signs hanging in Brooklyn shop windows that state: “No Low Cut Neckline Allowed in the Store,” or “Entry here in modest dress only,” Hamilton bristled.

According to an account in the New York Post, Hamilton referred to the Orthodox dress code as a form of “Balkanization” of the United States.  She said, “It’s no longer sufficient that [the Orthodox] have shared norms among themselves, they are increasingly trying to impose their norms on the rest of the culture.”

UCLA Constitutional Law professor Eugene Volokh, however, points out that there is no constitutional clause against Balkanization.  “Indeed, it is perfectly legal and a part of American tradition that certain communities in the United States prefer to interact primarily within their own parameters, the Amish, for example.”

For Volokh, so long as the dress code applies equally – and it need not even be applied exactly equally – and doesn’t single out people of a certain race, color or gender – there is nothing unconstitutional about the dress codes.

“There are still plenty of fancy restaurants in New York City that require men wear jackets, aren’t there?” Volokh asked.  “What’s the difference?”  In fact, a quick check reveals the famous 21 Club in Manhattan prohibits sneakers and jeans, and dinner jackets are required for male patrons.

Nonetheless, Hamilton maintained, “There’s a movement toward insularity among religious groups.  It’s dangerous for tolerance, and it’s also dangerous for peace.”

The dress code requirements of Orthodox shopkeepers may be dangerous for their own bank accounts, but it’s hard to understand how such standards could endanger peace.

Shootout and Chase in Eilat

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

During an armed robbery overnight at the La Casa restaurant in Eilat, two policemen who arrived at the scene had their guns taken away by the thieves.

The thieves then fled the scene, hijacked a taxi. Three addditional police cars began chasing them through the streets of Eilat.

During the chase, policemen managed to shoot out the tires of the taxi.

The thieves exited the taxi and began shooting back at the policemen. The police shot back and killed one of the armed robbers, the second was injured.

The thieves were from a village in Israel’s north and are related.

Scotland’s Only Glatt Kosher Restaurant

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

If you are seeking a new place to visit this summer with all kosher amenities at your disposal, why not visit Scotland? Glasgow has a full range of Jewish facilities to cater for tourists and business people alike. Including daily minyanim, a mikveh for men and women, and kosher food. Edinburgh has a mikveh for ladies, minyanim only a few times during the week.

Whatever holiday you require, be it luxury, basic or partial self-catering, let L’Chaim’s Restaurant provide all your culinary requirements. These include nightly dining at L’Chaim’s gourmet restaurant, ready to heat/hot meals delivered to your hotel (or can be collected), breakfast trays, lunch trays, fresh sandwiches, and a comprehensive menu of all Shabbos meals including cholent with or without a slow cooker anywhere in Scotland.

The restaurant is under the hashgacha of the West of Scotland Kashrus commission and is personally supervised by Rabbi Chaim and Rebbetzin Sora Jacobs, Lubavitch shluchim in Glasgow for 42 years. Only Kedassia or MH Manchester shechita is used.

When you walk into L’Chaim’s you are invited to dine in the candle-lit dining room with its own decorative ambiance. Its elegant setting and smart décor is ideal for a relaxing night out and business meetings.

Once seated, freshly baked French baguettes are brought to your table and the experience of first class cuisine in trendy surroundings begins. L’Chaim’s has a wine license and you can enjoy a choice of 15 popular kosher wines.

The restaurant is located on the complex of Giffnock Shul, the largest congregation in Scotland, headed by Rabbi Moshe Rubin. It is the only shul with a daily and Shabbos minyan both morning and evening.

Besides numerous luxury hotels in Glasgow, there are two small hotels close to Giffnock Shul, enabling people to enjoy Shabbos minyanim and atmosphere. People can purchase all their Shabbos and weekday meals from L’Chaim’s.

You can try one of the two hotels listed below: Redhurst Hotel, tel. 0141-638-6465, Redhurst@lineone.ne. Orchard Park Hotel, tel. 0141-638-1044, e-mail ozcapaldi@hotmail.com.

Hotels in Scotland will heat and store meals for guests as required and provide a table for guests to enjoy their Shabbos and weekday kosher food. Check with the hotel when booking your room.

For further information, see go to www.lchaimsrestaurant.co.uk.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/food/restaurant-review/scotlands-only-glatt-kosher-restaurant/2012/06/21/

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