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6 Adar-1 5768, 12 February 2008
1. Kosher Foods Becoming Fashionable in USA
2. Is someone lying about dividing Jerusalem ?
3. Demographics- Palestinian Census a Bluff.
4. Max Rambow
: Photographs of a Miracle
5. Shemittah
Potatoes Escape Frost
6. 'Mommy, Where Are My Legs?'
7. Banana Republic
Olmert seeks Germany's support for Gaza operation


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1. Kosher Foods Becoming Fashionable in USA
From: Steve Collins <>
Fw: Safety concerns drive shoppers to Kosher Foods
You may find this interesting!

"Wary consumers of all kinds, worried about the safety of the food supply, are finding an extra layer of confidence in food that is certified kosher, whether at restaurants or grocery stores."           (1st article below)

"A growing number of Chinese food manufacturers have joined the kosher certification bandwagon due to international concerns over the safety of Chinese products.  US News and World Report weekly magazine quoted Mintel senior research analyst Marcia Mogelonsky, who agreed that consumers view kosher certification as the gold standard in quality assurance."                                                                                     (2nd article below)

Kosher sales sizzle as shoppers put faith in foods' safety

Palm Beach Post - Feb 9, 2008

GREENACRES - When Avi Bohbot is preparing shish kebab platters at his restaurant, there's a very nosy someone looking over his shoulder.

Bohbot, who owns Best of Israel, a kosher restaurant and deli in Greenacres, prefers it that way.  Actually, the close supervision provided by Jerry Farkas is required.

Farkas, 70, whose Hebrew title is mashgiach, is charged with ensuring the restaurant's kosher status.

"I can't get close to the refrigerators. He is the only one allowed to bring the food out," said Bohbot, 52, who runs the restaurant with his wife, Ateret. Originally from Israel, the Bohbots opened their shop three years ago after finding a dearth of kosher restaurants in central Palm Beach County.

The restaurant is glatt kosher, which means it follows the highest kosher standards.

"I check everything to make sure it's 100 percent kosher," Farkas said. "I check the vegetables to make sure they are free of insects. We wash them in a vegetable wash."

That kind of scrutiny is helping to drive a boom in kosher products, and not just in the Jewish community, experts say.

Wary consumers of all kinds, worried about the safety of the food supply, are finding an extra layer of confidence in food that is certified kosher, whether at restaurants or grocery stores.

"It is not that we suddenly turned into a nation of Orthodox Jews. More Jews don't keep kosher than do keep kosher," said Marcia Mogelonsky, a senior research analyst in the Chicago office of London-based market research firm Mintel International Group Ltd. "The reason it is growing so much is the safety factor. That is really a big issue for consumers."

"Kosher," which means fit or proper, was the most frequently used claim on new products launched in the United States in 2007. With 3,984 new food products and 728 new beverages, kosher beat out "all-natural," which had 2,023 foods and 405 beverages, according to Mintel's Global New Products Database.

It's not coincidental that the surge in kosher labels came during a year of foodborne illness outbreaks linked to products such as chicken pot pies and peanut butter, including the second-largest beef recall in U.S. history.

"People are concerned about the integrity of the food supply," Mogelonsky said.

Kosher sales are also up for another reason, she said. Because the labels must state whether an item contains milk or meat, buying kosher is an easy way for those with food allergies to avoid certain ingredients.

"There are so many food-allergic and food-sensitive people out there. They use the kosher label as a sort of shorthand," she said. "The same goes for vegetarians who do not want to eat any meat products."

Food manufacturers say kosher certification has become a must because some consumers will not buy anything that is not certified.

Kevin McElvaney, marketing manager at Domino Foods in Yonkers, N.Y., said almost all of Domino's products have been certified kosher for at least 20 years.

"We got certification primarily because a lot of manufacturers that buy bulk sugar from us want kosher ingredients to make a product that is kosher in the end," McElvaney said.

Domino once had an edge over competitors whose products were not kosher, but now many store brands it supplies, such as those for Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. and Publix Super Markets, also are certified. Domino Foods is owned by a division of Florida Crystals Corp. of West Palm Beach and the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida in Belle Glade.

"We are losing our point of differentiation as more retailers demand kosher certification," McElvaney said. "We can't say no to them."

Also because of consumer demand, Tropicana Products Inc. has had its orange juice certified kosher year-round for close to 30 years. That requires an annual inspection by a rabbi to ensure that Tropicana is complying with all kosher guidelines, said Karen May, spokeswoman for the Chicago-based company.

Some merchants say kosher sales also are growing for traditional religious reasons.

In South Florida especially, the kosher sector has seen explosive growth because of the increase in the population of Orthodox Jews, said Cyril Rubin, kosher supervisor at Albertsons in the Mission Bay Plaza west of Boca Raton. He estimates 60 percent of the items sold at his Albertsons location are kosher.

"It's also growing among Jews who are not observant," Rubin said.

Major mainstream brands such as Lipton, Nabisco and Keebler have certified-kosher products on the shelves alongside niche firms such as Tabatchnik, Ratner's and Rubashkin's. The store also sells imports from Israel.

"Every which way you turn, there are kosher products. ... It is really catching on with a lot of people," Rubin said.

Albertsons shopper and longtime kosher devotee Doris Siskin of Boca Raton believes it's safer: "There are more guarantees with it."

Judith Josephs, a Port St. Lucie tropical fish farmer who was shopping at the Whole Foods Market in Palm Beach Gardens, said she's a Christian who believes that kosher food is better and safer because it is based on the Bible and is certified by a rabbi.

"In my opinion, the flavor of kosher chicken is much better than any other one you can buy," Josephs said. "I do it for my health. I believe that God left these instructions for a reason."

But despite the widespread public conviction that kosher is safer, there's little research to back that up.

"The more sanitary precautions that are taken, the more cleanliness in any kind of slaughter environment, the less likely it is that there would be a problem with pathogens," said Douglas Archer, a professor in the food science department at the University of Florida. "If you can make that leap of faith with kosher and say that it is something that is an added value to the product, then the consumer should make that choice."

Jeff Cronin, a spokesman for the Washington-based watchdog Center for Science in the Public Interest, said there's "no evidence to suggest that kosher meat and poultry is any more or less safe than non-kosher meat or poultry."

Mogelonsky, the Mintel research analyst, said some could argue that the strictures of kosher mean a closer look is being paid to the products.

"Meat is slaughtered and handled in a different way," she said. "I tend to think that due to the inspections, the products are safer to eat."

Still, restaurants that depend on regulars who follow kosher diets find they are attracting others who want to eat a healthy diet, too.

Michael Aharon and Moshe Ariel, co-owners of Eilat Caf? a kosher dairy restaurant west of Boca Raton specializing in Italian dishes and fish, said their customer base includes Jews and non-Jews, as well as Muslim customers who say kosher is close to the Islamic dietary laws known as halal.

"Kosher is known as a clean and healthy product," Aharon said.

During a recent evening at Best of Israel, diners included those who keep kosher at home and those who don't.

Louis Karp, an attorney visiting from Teaneck, N.J., is an Orthodox Jew who strictly follows a kosher diet.

"We eat it because it says we should in the Bible," Karp said.

And then there's Joe Vocaire, a Lake Worth retiree who isn't Jewish and doesn't follow a kosher diet. Judging by some of the slim people in the restaurant, eating kosher must be healthful, he figures.

But the main reason he likes it? "The food is very good."

Kosher Food Comes to Beijing Just in Time for the 2008 Olympics
Israel National News - Jan 31, 2008

2. Is someone lying about dividing Jerusalem?
From: Steve Collins <>
 This news story speaks for itself.

3. Demographics- Palestinian Census a Bluff.
Recently the results of a Palestinian Census were published.
The numbers were inflated as explained by the article below.

(Article by Yoram Ettinger, YNET, 10.2.08,,7340,L-3504773,00.html )

(Abridged translated version provided by the author- distributed by GPO)

The Feb. 9, 2008 Palestinian census is not a cause for fatalism.  In contrast with the census, the accurate number of Judea & Samaria Arabs is 1.5 million, and not 2.3 million, and the number of Gaza Arabs is 1.1 million, and not 1.5 million.

The Palestinian census is refuted by Palestinian, Israeli and international documentation of birth, death, migration, first-graders and eligible voter registration in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, which has been systematically conducted by the Bennett Zimmerman-led "American-Israeli Demographic Research Group" (AIDRG).

While the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) contends a 30% population growth during the last 10 years, the World Bank documents a substantial erosion of the Palestinian fertility rate and a significant escalation of emigration from Judea, Samaria and Gaza.  The World Bank documents a 32% gap between the number of first graders per PCBS projections (24% increase) and per Palestinian Ministry of Education documentation (8% decrease).

A strange co-incidence has produced similarity between the 2007 census and the PCBS 1997 projection toward 2007, in spite of dramatic volatility in the areas of security, economics and politics, which has occurred since 1997, and which has caused a boost in Palestinian emigration and decline in fertility.  For example, terrorism and counter-terrorism, the Hamas-Fatah war, unprecedented (over 30%) unemployment, the rise in the price of oil and a corresponding rise in demand for manpower in the Arab oil producing countries, intensive UNRAW and PCBS-led family planning, an unprecedented reduction of teen-pregnancy, a swift urbanization process, an all-time-high Palestinian divorce rate, an impressive expansion of the education system and the increase in Palestinian median wedding-age.  The 1997 PCBS projections have been refuted annually by the documentation produced by the Palestinian Ministries of Health and Education and Election Commission, as well as by Israel's Border Police and European observers, monitoring exists and entries through Israel's, Judea, Samaria and Gaza's international passages.

While the 2007 census ignores the bolstered emigration phenomenon, Israel's Border Police and the European observers have documented net-emigration of 12,000 in 2004, 16,000 in 2005 and 25,000 in 2006, with expectation of a significant rise in the scope of 2007 net-emigration. The extent of 1997-2003 average annual net-emigration was over 10,000, which has characterized the entire period since 1950!

According to the PCBS website, the 2007 census was based on the 1997 census, which was inflated by 30%, growing exponentially by the year. Thus, in contrast with internationally accepted demographic standards, the 1997 census included 325,000 residents, who stayed abroad for over a year, as well as students, who studied overseas, irrespective of their study period. Israel subtracts from its census Israelis who are away for over a year, and restores them following 90 days of stay in Israel. The 1997 census included 210,000 Israeli Arabs, bearing Israeli I.D. cards, who were doubly-counted: as Israeli Arabs by Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics and as West Bank Arabs by the PCBS.

In summation, the 2007 census for Judea & Samaria was inflated by 53%, and the Jewish-Arab proportion west of the Jordan River - without Gaza - documents a robust Jewish majority of 67%, compared with a 33% Jewish minority in 1947, including Gaza.  The most effective symptom of the transformation - from Arab to Jewish demographic momentum - has been the absolute annual number of Jewish and Arab births within Israel's "Green Line."  While the number of annual Arab births stagnated at 39,000 between 1995 to 2007, the number of annual Jewish births catapulted by 40% from 80,400 in 1995 to 112,000 in 2007.

There is a demographic problem, but it is not lethal, there is no demographic machete at Israel's throat, and the demographic tailwind is Jewish, not Arab.  In fact, documented births, deaths and migration clarify that Jewish demography has become a strategic asset and not a liability.
Hence, awareness of demographic reality could enhance the security, political, strategic, diplomatic and economic options of Israeli doves and hawks alike.
IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

4. Max Rambow: Photographs of a Miracle  

The second picture reminds me of the back way to Yosemine our family took when I was a kid.
I'm not sure I could drive again after an experience like this.


Look at the picture above and you can see where this guy broke  through the guardrail, right side where the people are standing on the road (pointing).  The pick-up was traveling from right to left when it crashed through the guardrail.  It Flipped end-over-end, across the culvert outlet, and landed right side up on the left side of the culvert, facing the opposite direction from which he was traveling.

Now look at the 2nd picture below...

If this guy didn't believe in God before, do you suppose he believes now ?

5. Shemittah Potatoes Escape Frost

6. 'Mommy, Where Are My Legs?'
From: Valerie Knowles
 My question is: Will  BCC CNN ABC CBS BNC have the integrity to tell this story as it is?

7. Banana Republic
Olmert seeks Germany's support for Gaza operation,7340,L-3505620,00.html

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