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September 23, 2016  RSS feed
Just a Nosh

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Yisrael Kristal Yisrael Kristal World’s oldest man to celebrate Bar Mitzvah 100 years late

The world’s oldest man, Yisrael Kristal, a Holocaust survivor living in Israel, will finally celebrate his bar mitzvah. Kristal’s daughter, Shulimath Kristal Kuperstoch, told the DPA news agency that about 100 family members will gather in Kristal’s home city of Haifa in the coming weeks to mark the rite. “We will bless him, we will dance with him, we will be happy,” she said.

Kristal turned 113 on Sept. 15. He was recognized as the world’s oldest man in March.

He missed his bar mitzvah due to World War I. His father was in the Russian army and his mother had died three years earlier, Kuperstoch said. Born in Zarnow, Poland, Kristal moved to Lodz in 1920 to work in his family’s candy business. He continued operating the business after the Nazis forced the city’s Jews into a ghetto, where Kristal’s two children died. In 1944, he was deported to Auschwitz, where his wife was killed.

In 1950, he moved to Haifa with his second wife and their son, working again as a confectioner.

When asked his secret to long life, Kristal said: “I believe that everything is determined from above and we shall never know the reasons why. There have been smarter, stronger and better-looking men than me who are no longer alive. All that is left for us to do is to keep on working as hard as we can and rebuild what is lost.”

Pregnant women offered freebie at kosher cafe to celebrate control of Zika

A kosher bakery and cafe in Miami is offering free lunches to pregnant women to celebrate the state of Florida’s announcement that the Zika virus is under control in the area.

Zak Stern, owner of Zak the Baker in the city’s Wynwood arts district, began the promotion after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday, Sept. 19 lifted a warning to pregnant woman to stay out of the district due to fear of Zika, The Associated Press reported.

Stern’s wife is pregnant and due to give birth in about a month. He told the AP that the couple has tried to balance the Zika threat with other safety recommendations for pregnant women.

Wynwood was the first place in the U.S. where mosquitoes began transmitting Zika, which causes several brain-related birth defects. The CDC continues to advise pregnant women to consider postponing non-essential travel to all of Miami-Dade County, where Zika continues to be transmitted.

Stern has offered to deliver challah to pregnant woman outside of the Zika area, according to the AP.


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