SHOPPERS GET KOSHER GUIDE; RABBI LEADS MARKET TOUR.Byline: Paul O'Donoghue Staff Writer
For former Catholic Maureen O'Neill, eating kosher foods
Kosher foods are those that conform to Jewish law. Invalidating characteristics may range from the presence of a mixture of meat and milk, to the use of produce from Israel that has not been tithed properly, or is another major component in her increasingly devout practice of the Jewish faith.
That's why O'Neill, an Agoura Hills resident who converted to Judaism 16 years ago, joined an aisle-by-aisle tour Sunday at Bristol Farms Bristol Farms is a grocery store chain that markets itself as being "upscale", with thirteen stores located mainly in the Southern California market. Formerly a subsidiary of Albertsons, Bristol Farms is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Supervalu, Inc. market in Westlake Village, where a rabbi from Chabad of Conejo explained what is and is not kosher.
``I want to get more knowledgeable and learn more and try to keep a kosher kitchen at home,'' O'Neill said.
``I want to get closer to God. As I grow older, I seem to have become more spiritual.''
O'Neill, whose children are grown and practice other religions, converted to Judaism because for her it is the most spiritually satisfying religion.
The store tour was part of a fourth annual Kosher Week series of lectures, workshops and tours, including some of people's homes, to show how to adhere to adhere to
verb 1. follow, keep, maintain, respect, observe, be true, fulfil, obey, heed, keep to, abide by, be loyal, mind, be constant, be faithful
2. the kosher dietary laws.
Led by Rabbi Shlomo Bistritzky, the tour of about 20 people, ranging from children to Holocaust survivors There are many famous Holocaust survivors who survived the Nazi genocides in Europe and went on to achievements of great fame and notability. Those listed here were, at the very least, residents of the parts of Europe occupied by the Axis powers during World War II who survived , began at a table laden with scores of kosher goods, including peanut butter, macaroni macaroni: see pasta. and oatmeal.
``What we are attempting to do here is to show people what they have to do to keep kosher,'' Bistritzky said. ``We're trying to keep Jewish traditions alive.''
Kosher food already generates about $30 billion in sales annually in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , and business is growing, Bistritzky said. He said more and more food suppliers want to get their products certified as kosher by panels of rabbis.
Most manufactured kosher foods are marked with special symbols that vary from the letter K, surrounded by a heart logo, to the letter U within a circle.
Bistritzky said increased interest in kosher foods is part of a widespread search by people for meaning in their lives, often after their immigrant parents sacrificed religious practices in pursuit of wealth.
``And it's not just the Jews, but all religions,'' he said. ``People are searching for meaning.''
Several of the tour participants said their interest in kosher foods was prompted by age, the advent of children and an interest in spirituality.
``I was raised in the Orthodox Jewish background, so this is a rejuvenation Rejuvenation
in extreme old age, restored to youth by Medea. [Rom. Myth.: LLEI, I: 322]
apples of perpetual youth
by tasting the golden apples kept by Idhunn, the gods preserved their youth. [Scand. Myth. ,'' said Zoltan Bodnar, 74. ``I am a Holocaust survivor, and after the war I lost my faith in God because how could he let that happen?''
Bodnar, who survived the Dachau concentration camp Dachau was a Nazi German concentration camp, and the first one opened in Germany, located on the grounds of an abandoned munitions factory near the medieval town of Dachau, about 16 km (10 miles) northwest of Munich in southern Germany. that killed his relatives, agreed with his wife, Piri, 74, a survivor Auschwitz, said they started caring more about religion when they were bringing up their two children.
Their daughter Katarine Bodnar accompanied them on the tour.
``It's very interesting,'' she said.
Kosher in Hebrew means fit, right or proper. And eating kosher is commanded of Jews in the Torah.
Sometimes it's hard to tell whether some foods are kosher or not, said Agoura Hills resident Michael Langberg, showing one product that was marked with the letter K but not encircled en·cir·cle
tr.v. en·cir·cled, en·cir·cling, en·cir·cles
1. To form a circle around; surround. See Synonyms at surround.
2. To move or go around completely; make a circuit of. .
``It may be kosher, and then again it may not be,'' Langberg said. ``You just don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. .''
Bistritzky said that many foods contain hidden additives, flavorings or ingredients that make them nonkosher.
For information on kosher products, including advice by e-mail, a special site has been set up on the Internet at www.kosherquest.org.
For more information on Kosher Week, contact Rabbi Yisroel Levine at (818) 991-0991.
Photo: (1 -- 2 -- color -- ran in Conejo edition only) Market shelves offer an array of kosher foods at left and below, where Rabbi Shlomo Bistritzky examines a label during a tour Sunday in Westlake Village for those interested in adhering to Jewish dietary laws.
(3 -- color in Verb 1. color in - add color to; "The child colored the drawings"; "Fall colored the trees"; "colorize black and white film"
color, colorise, colorize, colour in, colourise, colourize, colour Conejo edition only) Rabbi Shlomo Bistritzky makes a point in a Westlake Village tour Sunday on shopping for kosher food.
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