On Wednesday, Aug. 22, in synagogues around the world, the first of the pre-Rosh HaShanah shofar blasts were blown, to note the beginning of the month of Elul. For the kosher wine industry, those shofar blasts were like a starters’ pistol, marking the beginning of an annual race to bring the new crop of kosher wines to the market. During the next month (and during the month before Passover) more kosher wine will be sold than at any times during the year.
John Hagee Ministries distributed $6 million to Israeli charities, with the largest chunk going to Nefesh B'Nefesh, a group that encourages immigration to Israel from English-speaking countries.
Nefesh B'Nefesh received $900,000 in the awards announced after the 30th annual Night to Honor Israel held at Hagee's Cornerstone megachurch in San Antonio, Texas. Organizers said the event drew 7,000 people.
New York magazine's Sept. 11 issue has arrived, and it's a real treat. The whole issue has been turned into an encyclopedia of Sept. 11-related entries, including everything from "freedom fries" to "Abbottabad," and many of them penned by wonderful writers. Mark Lilla's in there, as is Eliza Griswold. I haven't read them all, but one caught my eye in particular: Jim Holt's entry for "Humor."
The long journey of the Herzogs, the family behind the Royal Wine Corp.
Joshua E. London
Special To The Jewish Week
From old world to new; from yeshiva to board room; from amassing great wealth to losing it all to earning it back: For more than 250 years, back to the days when Mozart was composing, the Herzog family — the largest player in the kosher wine industry today — has traveled great distances and bridged gaping contradictions.
But the journey it is now in the midst of — moving the kosher wine consumer to dry wines — may be the family’s toughest one yet.