Pesach Grape Juice Wars & Other Orthodox Jews in the News
Orthodox Jews bless and drink a cup of wine three times on the Sabbath and four times at each of the two Seders for Passover. The almost 150-year-old American titan of grape juice: Welch’s, whose name is practically a synonym for grape juice, and the 129-year-old Manischewitz, the world’s largest matzo manufacturer and a kosher wine and food producer, have set off a fight with the long-reigning emperor of kosher grape juice, Kedem.
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The country’s largest producer of Passover matzo is the Manischewitz Co.in Newark, N.J. Rabbi Aron Hayum, the plant manager, notes that while matzo contains only two ingredients: “It’s just flour and water. How complicated can it get?” In fact, it’s very complicated.
Founded and run by a Hasidic Jew, Masbia is a restaurant without registers open to all people who need a meal. The Boro Park Kosher Soup Kitchen serves “all who are hungry” on the holiday.