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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.

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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 )

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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 )

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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.
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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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At kosher ski restaurant in Park City, an avalanche of challenges

Uriel Heilman PARK CITY, Utah (JTA) – Laurent Masliah likes wine as much as the next Frenchman. But that’s not why he bought up every last bottle of kosher wine in the state of Utah and is desperately angling f... [Link]

Jordan’s king: Solving Israeli-Palestinian conflict necessary to defeat ISIS

Julie Wiener (JTA) — The Islamic State cannot be defeated until the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved, Jordan’s king said. Speaking Friday at the Munich Security Conference, an international gathering o... [Link]

Ex-settler leader Dayan still Brazil envoy pick, Israel says

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Israel is denying reports that it plans to withdraw a former settler leader as its proposed ambassador to Brazil. For six months, Brazil has refused to accept the appointment of the ambassad... [Link]

French rabbi, Muslim rapper to release song for murdered Jew

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — A rabbi and a Muslim rapper announced the release in France of a song against racism that they co-produced ahead of the 10-year anniversary of the anti-Semitic murder of Ilan Halimi. Coc... [Link]

People are confused why Bernie Sanders won’t own his Jewishness

Gabe Friedman Toward the beginning of Thursday night’s Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders had the perfect opportunity to tout that he would be the first Jewish president. Asked whether he’s worried about blocki... [Link]

Free Robert Levinson, Senate appeals to Iran in unanimous vote

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution urging Iran to fulfill its pledge to help find Robert Levinson, a Jewish American who went missing in Iran in 2007. Five Amer... [Link]

White House says it does not support ‘territories’ component of anti-BDS legislation

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Obama administration said it does not support the portion of a new trade law that requires actions against entities that boycott goods manufactured in the West Bank. “As... [Link]

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