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Quinoa is More Kosher than the Labor Practices that Produce It

April 18, 2014, by

When Rabbi Shoshan Ghoori of the Orthodox Union first traveled to La Rinconada, Peru, the world’s highest city, the air was so thin that he needed an oxygen tank just to stay conscious. But the lack of air did not deter him from his peculiar mission: deciding whether quinoa should be kosher for Passover. Over

Brooklyn Shochet is Cut Above the Rest

February 27, 2014, by

Tablet magazine has a fascinating write-up of Rabbi Moshe Yurman, a Brooklyn shochet who is one of the only three ritual knife-makers in America (and they’ve got a witty, if obvious title for it). The knife a shochet uses, called a chalif, is required to be homemade and exceedingly sharp. And given how long a shochet spends with his

Beyond Potatoes: Meet the Chief Rabbi of Idaho Falls

January 16, 2014, by

With just a passing glance, you might mistake him for a character on one of Comedy Central’s mock news shows, but take a second look.  You really did just pass the chief rabbi of Idaho Falls, walking down a street in lower Manhattan. The honorary chief rabbi, that is. His name is Rabbi Avraham (Avi)