Ancient Kosher Laws Have Lessons for a 21st Century War against Ebola

In an era before antibiotics, blood tests and digital scanning thermometers; In an era before EKG’s, stethoscopes, blood transfusions and even refrigeration; In an era before doctors, science and even a rudimentary understanding of human anatomy, there was the ancient Jewish dietary law of kosher, which continues to offer a lesson for today’s fractured societies of western Africa struggling to contain the Ebola epidemic.



Comparative Gastronomy: Skewers – Food on a Stick

Meat roasted on a spit. Bite-sized morsels with a convenient handle, plate optional. It doesn’t get more basic – and some would say more delicious – than that. Cuisines throughout the world have taken this simple way of preparing food and personalized it through marinades and spice rubs, elevating it from a mere cooking method to a unique cultural dish.

Maybe that’s why we were given the korban Pesach with very specific instructions on how to prepare it: on a single shaft made of pomegranate wood, without so much as a sprig of parsley for garnish.
Contine reading

Globes: Israeli food retailers must publish all prices on Internet

Oh, this isn’t going to go well…

Minister of Finance Yair Lapid and Minister of the Economy Naftali Bennett signed regulations today for promoting competition among Israel’s food retailers by obliging every large retailer to publish its prices on the Internet. The regulation applies to nineteen retailers in Israel. They will have to publish on the Internet prices for all the food items they sell in their stores.

Not that the technology isn’t there, but to actually force the issue through legislation and regulation is a little bonkers.

Source: Globes