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Parisian dining, strictly kosher — with a Michelin starred chef

Parisian dining, strictly kosher — with a Michelin starred chef

PARIS — With 84 Michelin-certified restaurants and a combined total of 115 stars, the French capital offers a dazzling gastronomic selection to anyone willing to stomach the bill.

Anyone but observant Jews, that is.

For years, the kosher-keeping community has been limited to budget pizzerias or moderately priced eateries offering couscous and grilled meat. While many of the restaurants serve good food, they’re a far cry from Paris’ culinary giants, with their daring interpretations of classic French cuisine.

But that all changed last year with the opening of Le Rafael.

Holiday Features

Gift Guide: Mensch on a Bench is toy and book combo

Gift Guide: Mensch on a Bench is toy and book comboLEADING UP to Chanukah, 2014, former Hasbro toy and game company employee Neal Hoffman conducted a successful Kickstarter online crowdfunding campaign to get out his new product, “Mensch on a Bench.” The Cincinnati resident was readying for an even bigger stage: national TV. Hoffman’s toy-and-book set based on the story of the character “Moshe the Mensch” sold more than 50,000 units, generating close to $1 million in revenue.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 November 2015 16:09 )


Melanie Gruenwald: Chasing the cancer away

Melanie Gruenwald: Chasing the cancer awayMELANIE GRUENWALD, who underwent a double mastectomy Oct. 20, is comfortably dressed and upright on her living room couch. “I don’t want to lie down,” she reassures. “I’m fine.” Unabashedly frank and accessible, Gruenwald welcomes the opportunity to talk about breast cancer and choosing extreme measures over a recommended lumpectomy. This August, while training for Nov. 3 New York City Marathon (26.2 miles), she discovered a marble-sized lump. “I was surprised,” Gruenwald calm...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 November 2015 16:10 )


What's an Ashkenazi woman to do?

What's an Ashkenazi woman to do?NEW YORK — It’s been a busy couple of weeks for breast cancer. Of course, breast cancer is always busy, exerting its sneaky destruction through abnormal cell growth. But now it’s October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the scary fact is everywhere again: One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. This time around, the talk about breast cancer feels more urgent, more ubiquitous and definitely more confusing.

Sauerkraut specialist shares fermentation wisdom

Sauerkraut specialist shares fermentation wisdomSANDOR ELLIX Katz makes no cure-all claims, though some are falsely attributed to him. The food activist and writer conveys a passionate intelligence about fermentation, the chemical breakdown of a substance by bacteria, yeasts or other microorganisms associated with foods like sauerkraut, wine and pickles. Following careers in education and public policy, Katz discovered this age-old food preservation tradition, which he says is found in every cuisine and culture across the world; his vocatio...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 October 2015 15:26 )

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United Arab Emirates: Israel mission not sign of changed relations

Julie Wiener Israel is the only member of the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Association to have a separate mission accredited to the association. ... [Link]

Border Police officer wounded in Nahariya stabbing; 43 Palestinians said hurt in skirmishes

Julie Wiener After stabbing the 37-year-old officer twice in the back near the Nahariya central bus station Friday night, the assailant fled the scene ... [Link]

From ‘Amy Winehouse sound’ creators, a funky Hanukkah anthem

Gabe Friedman Retro band Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings kicks off its new holiday album with “8 Days of Hanukkah” — an upbeat marriage of catchy soul music and Jewish cultural references. ... [Link]

Alan Gross: Memory of Holocaust survivor relatives got me through Cuban prison

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Alan Gross, the American Jewish government contractor who spent five years in Cuban prison, said thinking of his family members who survived the Holocaust was one of three things that helped... [Link]

8 of the coolest menorahs for this Hanukkah season

Gabe Friedman Another Hanukkah season means another chance to impress with a creative menorah choice. ... [Link]

Report: Senior Israeli officials fear PA collapse

Ben Harris The diplomatic-security cabinet held lengthy discussions about the possibility of a PA collapse Wednesday and Thursday, Haaretz reported, citing three sources who either attended the meetings or were ... [Link]

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