Volume 10 Number 72
                       Produced: Mon Dec 20 21:52:54 1993

Subjects Discussed In This Issue: 

         [Yisrael Medad]
Children of Amalek
         [Warren Burstein]
Kashrus of a Boston Restaurant
         [Elie Rosenfeld]
Kosher - Low/No Sucrose Products
         [Danny Geretz]
Kosher in DC
         [Rivkah Isseroff]
Kosher in NYC
         [Adam Weiner]
Kosher in Puerto Rico
         [Jesse Hefter]
         [Robert J. Tanenbaum]
Rainbow and She'hechiyanu
         [Aryeh Blaut]
Shabbat in Japan
         [Bonne London]
         [Neil Parks]
Tampa/St. Pete area
         [Nathan Katz]


From: MEDAD%<ILNCRD@...> (Yisrael Medad)
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 93 08:23 IST
Subject: Charity

70 West 36th Street, NYC, Tel. 212-695-6014 on the Charity list.
The ICDF is the community-wide philanthropy for the humanitarian
concerns (medical, cultural, social welfare, etc) for the residents
of Judea, Samaria and Gaza (YESHA).
International Chairman: MK Ron Nachman, Mayor of Ariel
Israel Chairman: L. Marc Zell, lawyer, Alon Shvut
Israel Board: Bob Lang (Efrat), Yisrael Medad (Shiloh), Jay Schapiro
(Ginot Shomron), Dina Shalit (Ariel), Sondra Baras (Karnei Shomron).
Founded in 1990.

Yisrael Medad


From: <warren@...> (Warren Burstein)
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 93 20:44:24 -0500
Subject: Re: Children of Amalek

Neil Parks writes:

    Megillas Esther, Chapter 9, verses 6 through 12, tell us how the ten
    sons of Haman the Amalekite were killed.  Then in verse 13, Esther asks
    the King to have Haman's sons hanged.  Why is she asking for something
    that seems to have already happened?

It seems to me that she was asking to have their corpses hung.

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From: <er@...> (Elie Rosenfeld)
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 93 20:25:51 -0500
Subject: Kashrus of a Boston Restaurant

I am looking for a quick reply as I need to know before next Sunday.

What is the _current_ kashrus status of the restaurant "Rubins"?  (Yes,
I am aware of the other Boston eateries whose Kashrus is not
questioned.)  I am not looking for a long explanation of the politics
involved, nor do I want to hear or spread Lashon Hara.  I'd just like a
simple factual answer to the question: does the mainstream Orthodox
community currently accept it? (i.e., folks who would accept the O-U but
not, say, Hebrew National.)

Email replies are fine if you do not wish the post the answer to the list.




From: imsasby!<dgeretz@...> (Danny Geretz)
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 93 20:25:57 -0500
Subject: Kosher - Low/No Sucrose Products

A family that we are friendly with recently decided to begin keeping
kosher in their home.  They are very "health conscious" when selecting
products, and for that reason, as well as the fact that one member of
the family has a specific problem with it, they try to avoid products
that are sweetened with sucrose.  Instead, they try to buy products that
are sweetened with fructose.

One problem that they have is that they seem to be unable to find kosher
jams and/or preserves that are low in sucrose.  Although such products
are generally available, none seem to have a hechsher (maybe they're
sweetened with grape juice?).  Anyone out there know of any products
that are kosher and fit the bill?

Please send replies to me at:

Daniel Geretz 


From: Rivkah Isseroff <rrisseroff@...>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 93 20:44:26 -0500
Subject: Kosher in DC 

I wanted to thank everyone who sent me information on kosher in DC.
Just an update: Many people recommended the The George Washington
University's Hillel which has a cafe/ restaurant,The H Street Hideaway.
It also can provide catered Shabbat meals (to go).  They were
*extremely* helpful, and even offered to deliver the food to my hotel.
The dinner was complete: from Challah roll to (tofutti) cheese cake!
They also offer vegetarian alternatives to traditional Shabbat cuisine.
Everything was very tasty, and the price was also extremely reasonable.
Since I (and perhaps other MJ readers) frequent DC often, the H street
hidaway was a real valuable find!  Thanks!

Rivkah Isseroff


From: <adam@...> (Adam Weiner)
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 93 09:24:42 -0500
Subject: Kosher in NYC

Where's the best place to get a comprehensive, up-to date listing of
kosher institutions (restaurants, supermarkets, butchers, etc.) in
the 5 boroughs of New York City?


From: <jhefter@...> (Jesse Hefter)
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1993 08:26:09 -0500
Subject: Kosher in Puerto Rico

A friend of mine asked me in shul over the weekend about the
availability of Kosher food/restaurants in Puerto Rico. He will be there
during January.  Is there anyone with current information about this?
Thanks. (Post to the List or respond directly to <jhefter@...>).

Happy Chanukah!

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From: <btanenb@...> (Robert J. Tanenbaum)
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 93 09:46:42 EST
Subject: Rainbow

>From Danny Skaist
	>Jack A. Abramoff
	> Unlike the rainbow, which is a sigh of Hashem's
	> covenant with the Jewish people,...

	Is this true ? I thought that it was a sign that hashem is angry with
	the world and the rainbow is to remind him of the covenant with the
	whole world, (all the children of Noah).

	That it means "If not for the promise that I made to Noah (as signified
	by the rainbow), I would destroy the whole world again."

Yes, Danny, there is such a midrash. But let's look at it more closely.
This "if not for the promise" is a huge "if". We're talking about a
promise made by our Creator the Master of the Universe who by this
action shows His eternal commitment of tolerance and forbearance to even
the most evil actions of mankind (even the Nazis may their evil perish).

So let us rejoice in our G-d and take comfort in His signs.  Personally,
I abhor the tendancy of some elements of the frum world to take
everything beautiful and wonderful in the world and turn it around to
something negative. I abhor the tendancy to turn G-d into a judgemental
punishment machine.

If we but truly knew the extent of G-d's love for us, there would never
be any room for sadness, anger, or fear. May G-d's love infuse us all
with peace.

Ezra Bob Tanenbaum	1016 Central Ave	Highland Park, NJ 08904
home: (908)819-7533	work: (212)450-5735
email: <btanenb@...>


From: Aryeh Blaut <ny000592@...>
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 93 08:38:23 -0500
Subject: Re: Rainbow and She'hechiyanu

RE: Rainbow by Danny Skaist (Danny%<ilncrd@...>

The reason Hashem set up the rainbow is as you stated.  The source is
Breishis (Genesis) 9:8-17.

RE:  She'hechiyanu by Jonathan Katz (<frischl@...>

Actually, all blessings are made in the plural (over Mitzvos, foods, etc.).

We say Elokey_nu_, keedsha_nu_, v'tzeva_nu_ etc. which are also in the
plural.  I think at one time that I saw an answer that we are always
speaking to Hashem in the plual because we are all a unit -- truely "one
nation".  What affects one other Jew, should effect others.

R Aryeh Blaut


From: Bonne London <brlondon@...>
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 93 14:39:12 -0500
Subject: Shabbat in Japan

It has been a couple of years since our last trip to Japan, but we spent
two Shabbats there.  There are two shuls - one in Kobe and one is Tokyo.
The Tokyo shul had a kosher kitchen and they sponsored both a Friday
evening meal as well as Shabbat lunch.  You will need to contact the
shul and make reservations in advance.  We stayed near the shul at the
Hotel Mentels.  The Tokyo shul is "traditional" in that it has both a
mens section, a woman's section and mixed seating.  If I recall, the
Rabbi also conducted an afternoon shiur.
 Kobe has a beautiful Sephardic shul built by the Sassoon family.  I
understand that there was a sizable community of refugees there during
World War II.  There is no rabbi and, when we were there, there was
often not a minyan.  The shul has a mechitzah.  When we were there the
shul provided a really fantastic Shabbat lunch (a multi-layered
vegetarian Moroccan-type cholent) and great camaraderie.  The meal was
prepared by an Israeli businessman, Victor Navarsky, who owned (owns) a
middle-eastern restaurant (non-Kosher) in Kobe.  (The Shabbat lunch was
kosher - Victor comes to the shul to prepare the food).  We enjoyed it
enormously and it was one of the highlights of our trip.  
Bonne London


From: <neil.parks@...> (Neil Parks)
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 93 01:34:00 -0500
Subject: Sufganiyot

  > However, I am craving to eat sufganiot like those of my childhood
  > in Israel. If you have a recipe, I would very much like to hear from
  > you. I will pass it on to my wife, and it will be warmly appreciated
  > by the whole family...

Every year in December, "Better Homes and Gardens" used to
publish a recipe for very delicious sufganiyot.

Haven't seen the mag in a long time so don't know if it's in
there this year.  But it is definitely worth looking for.


From: Nathan Katz <NKATZ@...>
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 93 12:09:37 -0500
Subject: Tampa/St. Pete area

There are 3 Orthodox minyanim in the Tampa/St. Pete area, and two
Conservatiue ones too. There is a Yound Israel in Tampa, telephone
813-832-3018, and there is a Howard Johnsons -American Motel one block
away. But they often fail to get a minyan. There is also a Habad in
north Tampa, known as Bais Tefilah. And there is a Young Israel/Habad in
Clearwater. Rabbi Shalom Adler leads the Clearwater minyan; Rabbi Yossie
Dubrowsky leads Bais Tefilah; and Rabbi Eliezer Riovkin leads the Tampa
Young Israel. You are welcome to contact me for more information at
<NKATZ@...> Happy Hanukkah, --Nathan Katz


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