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  • California may soon legalize pot, but what does Jewish law say?

    By Eitan Arom

    September 7, 2016 | 4:43 pm

    Among the more puzzling of the Jewish mitzvot is the commandment to get so drunk on Purim that you can’t distinguish the hero from the villain in the holiday story. 

    This year, recounted Rabbi Yisroel Engel, director of Chabad of Colorado, one ultra-Orthodox Denver man decided to...

  • UC Berkeley opens public system’s first kosher dining station

    September 1, 2016 | 10:59 am

    A dining station at the University of California, Berkeley will be certified kosher, the first in the public university system.

    The dining station by Cal Dining is also designed to appeal to Muslims who eat halal, the local Berkeleyside news website reported.

    “A lot of people...

  • Is kosher all or nothing?

    By Dennis Prager

    August 17, 2016 | 9:47 am

    Because of the many objections, most of them from Orthodox Jews, to my last column (“If You Don’t Eat Bacon, You Keep Kosher,” Aug. 5), and because the column was widely disseminated, I feel I owe readers a response to some of those objections.

    Before I begin, I should point out...

  • Letters to the editor: Kosher rules, Hillary Clinton and more

    August 10, 2016 | 9:07 am

    The Kosher Quotient

    Dennis Prager has set himself up as a new posek (interpreter of Jewish law) for the sole purpose of justifying his own behavior (“If You Don’t Eat Bacon, You Keep Kosher,” Aug. 5). Just because he does not eat pork or shellfish but does eat in non-kosher...

  • If you don’t eat bacon, you keep kosher

    By Dennis Prager

    August 3, 2016 | 9:03 am

    If you are a Jew who doesn’t eat bacon or shellfish because Judaism prohibits eating pork products and shellfish — but you do eat chicken and beef that have not been slaughtered according to halachah (Jewish law) — do you keep kosher?

    Nearly every Jew who keeps kosher — and...

  • Israelis start to reject rabbinic establishment

    July 27, 2016 | 9:02 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    When Yuval and Lin Djamchid decided to open a café in their Eden Hotel, a small 24-room hotel in Jerusalem, they knew they wanted it to be kosher, but not to have the traditional supervision from the Jerusalem rabbinate. So they...

  • South Korea wants to boost its kosher food market

    July 8, 2016 | 2:47 pm

    South Korea has seen the future — and it’s kosher.

    The Korean government announced plans Thursday to attract new businesses and boost international sales by educating producers about kosher and halal foods.

    Following a meeting with President Park Guen-hye, officials announced...

  • UK agency fears for future of kosher slaughter following Brexit vote

    June 29, 2016 | 9:20 am

    A group working to safeguard kosher slaughter in Britain warned of uncertainty surrounding its mission following the British vote to exit the European Union.

    A spokesman for Shechitah UK said Tuesday that he fears losing the European Union’s protections of “faith communities” or...

  • Albany kosher cheese maker charged with defrauding investors

    June 21, 2016 | 11:18 am

    The owner of an Albany, New York kosher cheese business has been charged with fraud.

    Lawrence Rosenbaum, 64, of Albany, was arraigned on Monday. He is accused of promising investors in Saratoga Cheese Corporation, his kosher and halal cheese business, high returns and shares of...

  • As Passover approaches, longtime OU kosher supervisor sounds alarm on Manischewitz

    By Jared Sichel

    April 21, 2016 | 9:30 pm

    Three days before the beginning of Passover, Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz, a veteran mashgiach (kosher supervisor) for the Orthodox Union (OU), filed a lawsuit against Manischewitz and the OU, saying he can no longer stand behind the kosher status of the Manischewitz products he has...

  • An opulent showcase for kosher wines and food

    By Jessica Ritz

    March 23, 2016 | 6:06 pm

    “I’m not even Jewish!”

    This is not the conversation I expected to have with an expert winemaker who has been involved with the production of kosher wines for more than a dozen years. But such was the case with the affable Philip Jones, senior winemaker and managing director of...

  • Hebrew word of the week: Kasher/kosher

    March 9, 2016 | 3:33 pm

    When one hears or sees the word “kosher,” one immediately thinks of Jewish food. However, the original meaning of the root k-sh-r is “to be fit (in general),” as when Esther asks Ahashverosh if it is kashér, meaning “agreeable,” with him to annul Haman’s plan (Esther 8:5).

  • The country’s tastiest chicken will soon be kosher

    January 19, 2016 | 12:45 pm

    Thousands of birds strutted around like rambunctious kids at recess — six varieties of turkey and nearly 40 breeds of chicken, duck and geese.

    As soon as a stranger stepped into their dominion, a dozen of the largest toms surrounded the visitor. “They’re just making sure you’re...

  • Pot doesn’t need kosher certification, Canadian agency says

    January 8, 2016 | 1:45 pm

    On the day kosher-certified medical marijuana first went on sale in New York, Canada’s largest kashrut agency said it believes such certification is unnecessary.

    Following a debate Thursday, the Kashruth Council of Canada announced that medication need not be kosher, The Canadian...

  • First kosher-certified pot to go on market next month

    December 31, 2015 | 10:34 am

    A New York company is preparing to market what it says is the world’s first kosher-certified marijuana.

    The Orthodox Union has certified Vireo Health of New York’s non-smokable medical marijuana products, Vireo announced in a news release Wednesday. Vireo is one of five medical...

  • Let my people go (to Dodger Stadium’s new kosher hot dog stand)!

    July 29, 2015 | 4:00 pm

    The Red Sox have done it. The Yankees have done it. Even the Kansas City Royals have gone kosher. 

    Now — finally — Los Angeles baseball fans can enjoy a glatt kosher dog. 

    Jeff’s Gourmet Sausage Factory began offering a decidedly Jewish twist to the Dodgers’ traditional...

  • Pork-eating Israeli soldier spared detention after secular outcry

    June 2, 2015 | 3:19 pm

    An Israeli soldier was spared 11 days in detention for eating pork, a non-kosher food, the military said on Tuesday, after a public outcry.

    Secular standards sometimes clash with conservative Jewish law in Israel.

    Local media said the soldier, an American immigrant, was not...

  • Florida prisons ordered to serve kosher meals

    May 5, 2015 | 11:32 am

    Inmates in Florida’s prisons who request kosher meals must receive them, a federal judge in Miami ruled.

    U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz issued the order late last week after the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Corrections on behalf of 13...

  • Ice scream, you scream, we all scream for kosher ice cream

    April 16, 2015 | 3:30 pm

    Los Angeles is going through an ice cream renaissance. And while it’s hard to cheer warming winter months, given global climate predictions, the new reality may be what led to more high-quality frozen foods that are ready to meet a growing public appetite. This expanded market also...

  • The Cask serves up kosher wines for connoisseurs

    By Jeff Smith

    April 2, 2015 | 6:12 pm

    In the past, trying to put together a kosher wine tasting was a challenge because it seemed the major stores offered so few choices. A quick look at the inventory of some of the more sympathetic non-kosher wine shops around Los Angeles reveals a mere page of choices, but if you...

  • Breaking Bad: NonKosher

    March 18, 2015 | 12:21 pm

    Many Persian Jews in Los Angeles keep what I like to call ‘LA Kosher,’ or ‘Persian-Kosher.’ This is a custom in which you sometimes delve into nonkosher chicken or red meat, but still refrain from doing the more nonkosher things, like mixing milk and meat, or eating shellfish,...

  • Kosher supermarket reopens two months after Paris attacks

    March 17, 2015 | 3:43 pm

    The Paris kosher supermarket where four hostages were killed in January by an Islamist gunman reopened on Sunday morning to "show that life is stronger than barbarity," supermarket officials and France's interior minister said.

    The Jan. 9 attack on the Jewish foodstore by Amedy...

  • 2 men charged for links to Hyper Cacher shooter

    March 13, 2015 | 1:00 pm

    Two men have been charged for their links to the Paris kosher market gunman who killed four Jewish hostages in January.

    The men, identified as Amar R. and Said M. by the Associated Press, were charged for participating in a terrorist group with intent to commit a crime.

    Amar R....

  • Food: The great uniter

    By Ryan Torok

    March 10, 2015 | 5:56 pm

    Several Muslim and Jewish students are working with UC San Diego leadership toward opening a dining hall that offers kosher and halal hot food options. 

    In so doing, the school will become the first campus in the University of California system to have this kind of a dining hall,...

  • Medical marijuana may soon get kosher stamp of approval

    February 23, 2015 | 11:15 am

    Kosher marijuana could soon be available to Orthodox Jews in New York State — but only on doctor’s orders.

    Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO of the Orthodox Union’s kosher certification agency, said he has held “preliminary discussions” with several companies interested in obtaining a kosher seal of approval for medical marijuana.

    Read more at Forward.

  • British right-wing party backs ban on religious slaughter

    February 4, 2015 | 10:54 am

    Britain’s right-wing UKIP party has come out in support of legislation that would ban the production of ritually slaughtered meat.

    The United Kingdom Independence Party  became the first major political party in the country to call for a ban on religious slaughter for halal and...

  • French Jews on edge after 4 killed in Paris siege

    January 9, 2015 | 1:50 pm

    The two hostage crises that transfixed France and much of the world on Friday epitomize the problem Islamic radicalism poses in the heart of Europe: They’re a danger to civilized society generally, but especially to Jews.

    Now it’s time for the authorities to wake up to the...

  • France hostage-taker targeted Jews

    January 9, 2015 | 9:12 am

    Two brothers suspected of a bloody attack on the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo were killed on Friday when anti-terrorist police stormed their hideout, while a second siege ended with the deaths of four hostages.

    The violent end to the simultaneous stand-offs...

  • British lawmaker calls for labeling of non-stunned animal’s meat

    November 4, 2014 | 10:48 am

    Meat sold in Britain should be labeled if the animal has not been stunned before slaughter, a British lawmaker said.

    Neil Parish, who heads the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Beef and Lamb, made the call on Monday for the increased stunning of animals undergoing ritual...

  • Kit to check food for pork traces hits France

    October 24, 2014 | 11:38 am

    Worried that the food you thought was kosher, or at least kosher style, has some hidden pork?

    Now, using a few test tubes, water and a small pregnancy test-like strip, you can find out in a few minutes whether your food contains pork traces.

    HalalTest, a new product developed...

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