FROM FAILED MESSIAH
Government Backs Change To Kosher Food Law That Will Allow Restaurants To Open On Shabbat
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The Ministerial Committee on Legislation decided Monday to support an amendment that would allow food establishments that follow kosher food law but are open on Shabbat, the Jewish sabbath, to receive special weekday-only kosher certification from Israel’s chief rabbinate.
“The proposal, which is based on rulings by important Zionist [Orthodox] rabbis, will enable many more restaurants be kosher and, bottom line, to present a Judaism that unites rather than repels,” the amendment’s sponsor, MK Elazar Stern of the Hatnuah Party, said earlier this week.
The chief rabbinate, which is controlled by haredim, opposes the measure.
Israel’s Kosher Fraud Prevention Law grants the chief rabbinate the ability to give kosher certification to food establishments whose foods meet the kosher requirements.
But the law has been stretched by the rabbinate’s kosher food inspectors to exclude restaurants which have “immodest” entertainment, or are owned by people whose ideologies or religion clashes with traditional Judaism, or that are open on Shabbat.
The amendment would modify that law to clearly state that the only factor the rabbinate can use to determine whether or not to certify a food establishment is the kosher status of the food itself – not the entertainment or the religion of the owner or Shabbat violations.
Weekday-only kosher certification is already reportedly used in northern Israel. It’s similar to arrangements that were common in many small and mid-sized diaspora cities until the 1990s, where food establishments like small bakeries and vegetarian restaurants had kosher certification only for weekdays. The arrangement is still seen, even in large cities like New York, most commonly with small desert cafés and bagel shops.
FROM KOSHER SCOOP
ground beef – 2 lbs
egg – 1
ketchup – 2 tbsp
kosher salt – 1/2 tsp
freshly ground black pepper – to taste
pastrami – 6 thin slices, finely cut (better with a fattier cut)
Roasted Garlic Cloves:
1. Preheat your grill or grill pan to med-high heat.
2. Place all ingredients in the bowl and mix until combined.
3. Form into burgers, and grill approximately 4 min on each side. Enjoy!
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FROM THE LA TIMES
Days after shuttering all its stores due to financial struggles, Crumbs Bake Shop Inc. could be making a comeback.
An investor group that includes the Fischer Family and Marcus Lemonis, who heads Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises and stars on CNBC’s “The Profit” TV series, already has funneled money into the cupcake chain to keep the company afloat and as a prelude to an acquisition, Lemonis told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday.
“The company has limited cash, and we are trying to come up with a situation that allows the company to remain viable,” he said. “We are in the final stages of working on a plan to get the stores reopened and people rehired.”
On Monday, the high-end specialty cupcake chain closed 48 stores in 10 states, including one in Los Angeles, after it lost its stock listing on Nasdaq and defaulted on about $14.3 million in financing.
“We know that everyone has an emotional connection to the Crumbs brand and its products, and we’re pleased to be in talks with various interested parties that are allowing us to pursue all of our options for the business, which includes consideration of restructuring alternatives,” said Edward M. Slezak, the New York company’s chief executive.
Lemonis said Crumbs’ major downfall was selling only one dessert — gigantic, expensive cupcakes. He plans to infuse other sweets and amp up its coffee offerings to make it more of a “sweets and snack shop.”
Lemonis owns Florida candy chain Sweet Pete’s Candy and wants to incorporate that, along with other brands, into a new Crumbs entity. His interest in Crumbs was first disclosed by CNBC early Thursday.
“It’s called a bake shop, so we want to make that happen,” he said.
“I, along with the potential other suitor, have investments in other cupcake, candy and dessert chains. I want to put pies, cookies, candies, and make it a dessert destination.”
He did not give any details about the deal or a timeline as to when the Crumbs revival would take place. He said the whole thing is “up in the air.”
Lemonis said he plans to discuss with the company a plan to create an expanded chain but still retain the Crumbs brand.
“My main goal is to rescue the business,” he said. “I truly believe in the brand.”
Lemonis understands the chain’s dire situation and called the deal a “herculean effort.”
After news of the possible acquisition broke, Crumbs’ stock soared 990% from 3 cents to almost 35 cents as of mid-morning trading.