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Bee shortfall raises honey prices

By Jared Sichel

August 28, 2013 | 3:07 pm

The price of honey, a Rosh Hashanah staple, has increased more than 50 percent since 2006, due in part to high demand and the impact of colony collapse disorder on honeybee populations.

For Julien Bohbot, honey prices are no small matter. 

The Moroccan-born owner of Pico-Robertson’s kosher Delice Bakery says he uses about 150 pounds of honey for Rosh Hashanah sales —... read full article

  • Let them dat (honey) cake

    By Judy Zeidler

    August 28, 2013 | 12:40 pm

    Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is considered a High Holy Day, but it’s also a happy holiday, full of hope and optimism.

    I am always impressed by the fact that food plays such an important part during one of the most sacred of Jewish holidays. The traditional foods — apples,...

  • Can’t we all just not get along?

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 29, 2013 | 10:07 am

    Maybe the problem with Washington isn’t that there’s too little comity  – there’s too much.

    Old hands lament the passing of the era when, by day, partisans went after one another red in tooth and claw, but when the sun hit the treetops the enmity took a breather.  Thanks to the...

  • All you knead for a bounty of challah

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 5, 2012 | 11:10 am

    Dipping freshly baked challah in honey is a tradition observed during the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. This act combines the Shabbat bread with hopes for a sweet New Year.

    The custom is to serve a round or spiral-shaped challah, one of the symbolic foods eaten...

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  • Sao Paulo declares Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah official holidays

    JTA

    August 10, 2012 | 10:50 am

    The Brazilian city of Sao Paulo – which has more than 11 million people—declared Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Ramadan as official holidays.

    Jewish and Muslim municipal workers may take two days off during the Jewish High Holidays and Ramadan, respectively. The city has...

  • Rosh Hashana in India:  Torah, sequined saris, chapati and perhaps a secret recipe for peace

    by Ruth Broyde Sharone

    October 13, 2011 | 12:27 pm

    I have prayed in synagogues in many foreign countries around the world including Italy, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Belgium, Kenya, Egypt, Australia, and Russia, but this was my first time chanting the “Shema” with a group of Jewish women all wearing saris. ...

  • Taking seven steps to ‘Sukkot happiness’

    by Dasee Berkowitz, JTA

    October 5, 2011 | 2:14 pm

    But are you happy? 

    No, this isn’t your mother wanting another update on your life. It’s not Dr. Phil’s provocative question through your TV/computer screen as you sit (safely) on your couch. And it isn’t someone reading you the Declaration of Independence wondering if you...

  • Going around the world to break the fast

    by Sybil Kaplan, JTA

    September 28, 2011 | 2:56 pm

    Breaking the fast has its own set of traditions. Ashkenazim usually break the fast with something salty, like herring, because they believe fish restores salt lost by the body while fasting. Herring also was the cheapest fish in Eastern Europe, where the custom originated.

    Egg and...

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