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>JN March 30, 1999, Vol. 7, No. 62
Yad Vashem Launches Campaign for Holocaust Names
The Jerusalem-based Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum has undertaken a
new campaign aimed at increasing its database of names of Holocaust
victims. Forms will be distributed to leaders of Jewish communities
around the world in the hope that relatives of those who perished
will complete them, thereby adding names to the comprehensive
Holocaust database. To date, the museum has amassed 3 million
Iraqi-Serb Alliance Reported
Israel Faxx Staff Report
The London Sunday Telegraph reports Iraq and Yugoslavia reached an
understanding in the face of Western military assaults against the
two countries. The agreement was reached during a recent visit to
Baghdad by a Serbian delegation, before last week's NATO
bombardment of Yugoslavia began.
Yugoslavia would help rebuild Iraq's air defenses and upgrade its
aging fighter jets, while Iraq would contribute cash and oil to the
battered Serb economy, the report says. It quotes a spokesperson
for the British Foreign Office as essentially confirming the
information was accurate. A senior diplomat was quoted as saying:
"Saddam and Milosevic see themselves as international outcasts who
must support each other if they are to survive."
The Israeli Embassy in Belgrade was ordered evacuated in light of
the continued NATO offensive in the area. Ambassador David Sasson
left the facility this weekend, shutting the facility. Other
members of the staff were ordered out earlier in the week.
Between 200-300 Jews have fled the area and are being hosted by the
Budapest Jewish community.
Pre-Passover Strike Takes Toll on Passengers, Hygiene
By Arutz 7 News Service
Israel's four-day public sector strike ended Monday, two days
before the Passover holiday, with an agreement between the Treasury
and trade unions over wage increases. Israel's streets are
overflowing with reeking garbage and air passengers have suffered
lengthy delays, while hospitals and clinics operated partially, and
most government offices were closed. Telephone, postal and train
services were also affected.
Those who tried to flee the chaos -- or simply to travel abroad for
Pesach, a popular custom for Israelis -- faced disruptions, delays
and long queues at Ben Gurion airport. Some 400,000 workers were on
strike, in a move intended to pressure the government to accede to
a wage increase that unions said was needed to counter inflation.
It was announced Monday a 4.8 percent pay rise was agreed upon.
The deal, reached after lengthy negotiations, also has the
Histadrut agreeing it will organize no more strikes before
September this year.
Israelis Will Drink 16 Million Bottles of Wine
During the one-week holiday of Passover, Israelis will consume some
16 million bottles of wine. According to statistics released by
Manufacturers Association, 90 percent of that number will be wine
produced in Israel. The wine sales will generate about NIS 100
Wine is an important part of the traditional seder ceremony
celebrating Passover -- and for most Jews that means kosher wine.
For years, however, the best thing wine lovers could say about
kosher wine was that the sweet flavor from Concord grapes could
help evoke sweet thoughts of the people and events important to our
Many people still sip these sweet wines at different times during
the seder for just that reason, but joining them at the table are
kosher wines that oenophiles can appreciate for more than
sentimental reasons. The quality of kosher wines has advanced so
much in recent years that Jews and non-Jews alike are drinking them
at any time of the year.
For non-Jews as well as Jews, knowing that a wine is kosher is a
guarantee that it is carefully made. Labels will indicate when
wines are kosher. There will be a description on the label, or
there may just be an OU symbol with a small P to indicate kosher
for Passover as certified by the Orthodox Union of rabbis.
Kosher wine is made like any other wine, except that the grapes and
wine must be handled by Sabbath-observant Jews under strict
rabbinical supervision. The equipment must be used exclusively for
production of kosher wine, or it must be thoroughly cleaned if it
has been used to make other wine. Other certified kosher products,
such as yeasts and fining agents, also must be used.
Most kosher wines go through one additional step, making the wines
mevushal. A mevushal wine is one that can be handled by anyone --
such as a non-Jewish waiter -- and remain kosher. In this step, the
grape juice is flash pasteurized before fermentation for white
wines and blush wine, and just after fermentation for red wines.
Before pasteurization, only Sabbath-observant Jews may touch the
wines during production.
Some others remain suspicious of flash pasteurization, questioning
especially its affect on aging. But the proof is in the bottle, and
so far, what is coming out of the bottle is only getting better.
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