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A stranger in our midst ...

Wednesday, 13th May 2015

A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on. 

As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche. 

My parents were complementary instructors: Mom taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey. 

But the stranger... he was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies.

If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to predict the future! He took my family to the first major league ball game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn't seem to mind. 

Sometimes, Mom would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet.

Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honour them. 

Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home - not from us, our friends or any visitors. Our long time visitor, however, got away with words that burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush.

My Dad didn't permit the liberal use of alcohol but the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished. 

He talked freely (much too freely!). His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing. 

I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked ... And NEVER asked to leave. 

More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first. Still, if you could walk into my parents' den today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.

His name? .... We just call him 'TV.' 

(Note: This should be required reading for every household!) 

He has a wife now....we call her 'Computer.' 

Their first child is "Cell Phone". His Girlfriend was Facebook!! 

Second child "I Pod " 

And JUST BORN LAST YEAR WAS a Grandchild: 



The Tune

Thursday, 7th May 2015

The ta'am(melody) that the Torah is chanted in is a very old and special melody. It has been handed down from generation to generation. Its' roots are very deep. They are found in the mystical teachings of our religion. Some times people want to be innovative, to create a new melody. The following story is just that. 
Once there was a secularist who was very good friends with the Rav of the city. Even though this secularist differed in opinion from his traditionally observant friends, he still visited his old friend, the city Rav, on a regular weekly basis. On one visit, the secularist, began to complain to the Rav about the unchanging ways of the Traditional Jewry. 
"... And why can't they update the tune to which the Torah is chanted?" the secularist objected. "How many years can you continue with the same old tune? Especially today when so many new and beautiful musical tunes and melodies are being brought into the world by inventive and creative composers. Answer me that!" he demanded of the Rav. 
"I'll have to think about it. Maybe you have a point. Perhaps next week I'll be able to answer you, but for now could you do me a big favour? I'm short of money and if you could loan me 50 rubles, I'll pay you back next week." 
"Of course," the secularist said, honoured that the Rav would ask him for a loan. He reached into his purse, "here, take this!" He handed over the money that the Rav requested. 
Thanking him warmly, the Rav escorted him to the door and bid him farewell. 
The next week the secularist came at his customary tea time and sat with the Rav, chatting amicably in the parlour. As the time pressed on, the secularist felt uncomfortable because the Rav had not offered to return him the money that he had lent to him so willingly and without a note. Finally as the secularist began to leave, he turned to the Rav and said: "Pardon me for bringing this up, but did the Rav not promise to return today the 50 rubles that he borrowed from me last week?" 
"I borrowed 50 rubles from you?" was the Rav's surprised reply. 
"Yes, don't you remember? Last week when I was here. Before I left!" the secularist exclaimed. 
"I borrowed 50 Rubles from you?" the Rav responded with indignation. 
"But, but the Rav promised to return the money to me today, and now you are denying that you even borrowed the money!" the secularist cried out in pain at the Rav's breach of faith and denial of the loan. 
"I borrowed 50 Rubles from you?" the Rav raised his voice is dismay. 
"Yes! How can you deny the good deed I did, loaning you the money. Don't you remember we were chatting about the same old tune that has been used for the Torah reading for so many years? You said perhaps you would give me an answer this week and then you asked to borrow 50 rubles. And now you deny it! 
"Who me?" The Rav asked as he broke into a gentle grin, "I'm not denying anything, I said 'I borrowed 50 Rubles from you' I just changed the tune of my statement! 
"Don't let anyone fool you, it's the tune which gives the meaning to the words!" 


Hundreds turn out for funeral of childless Holocaust survivor

Thursday, 30th April 2015


Chaya Gertman was a childless Holocaust survivor. Experiments she underwent at Auschwitz prevented her from having children, and she lost her entire family at the hands of the Nazis. But when Chaya Gertman died  at the age of 92, she was honoured by hundreds of Israelis who had never met her.  Click the image below to read the article.



Looking at the good

Wednesday, 22nd April 2015

After the end of World War II, the brilliant and flamboyant Torah sage, Rabbi Eliezer Silver visited and aided thousands of survivors in displaced persons camps in Germany and Poland who were waiting to find permanent homes. One day, as he was handing out Siddurim (prayer books) and other Torah paraphernalia, a Jewish man flatly refused to accept any. 

"After the way I saw Jews act in the camp, I don't want to have any connection with religion!" 

Rabbi Silver asked him to explain what exactly had turned him off from Jewish practice. 

"I saw a Jew who had a Siddur, yet he only allowed it to be used by the inmates in exchange for their daily bread ration. Imagine," he sneered, "a Jew selling the right to daven (pray) for bread!" 
"And how many customers did this man get?" inquired Rabbi Silver. 

"Far too many!" snapped the man. 

Rabbi Silver put his hand around the gentlemen and gently explained. "Why are you looking at the bad Jew who sold the right to pray? Why don't you look at the many good Jews who were willing to forego their rations and starve, just in order to pray? Isn't that the lesson you should take with you?" 


Stop bullying

Thursday, 16th April 2015


Opening a door is more than a physical act. It's about putting yourself out there, getting to know people, making them feel comfortable, and making them feel welcome. After being bullied, Josh decided to make a change that ultimately had a dramatic impact on his life and on the lives of his fellow students.  


Click here to watch the video about this inspirational young man.


Challah and Matzah

Wednesday, 8th April 2015

What happens when you take a slice of challah and squash it in your hand? It obviously turns to mush. Additionally, it's unlike a sponge: it doesn't bounce back to its original shape. Once it has been altered, the challah is left with that lasting imprint on itself. 

Matzah, on the other hand, isn't pliable, bendable or cut-able, as is challah, which can be changed from what it is in order to conform to an outside force. What happens if you were to cut a matzah? Or squash it? It refuses to bend and simply crumbles, almost as if refusing to bend on its beliefs to fit the outside force.

It doesn't conform to the pressure of the 'hand' or any other pressures, as would the challah. It refuses to be something it's not and it stands up for what it is. So to, we need to distance ourselves from conforming to whatever forces wish to change us. We need to be like the matzah: non-conforming and ever strong to our beliefs and values.

What is freedom?

Tuesday, 31st March 2015

How does the dictionary define freedom? 

“The condition of being free of restraints.” 

Free from restrictions, no limitations, The ability to do or say whatever I want, whenever I want and with whomever I want. If we did a survey in the high street of any city or town this is probably what most of the general public would answer. 

But we wouldn't tell our child that they could do what ever they wanted and go to bed whenever they feel like. This would quickly lead to anarchy and a corruption of the child's personality. 

Therefore we see that restrictions are set in place for a reason. They are not there to make your life worse. The father who teaches his son to think before speaking his mind is training his son to be a mentch and have good manners and is restricting his complete freedom out of love. 

Another example; If Mozart got up on stage and played any note that he felt like, he’d probably clear the theatre in a matter of minutes. He sticks to the notes in a scale for a reason. But hang on - isn't his freedom restricted because he can't play whatever note he likes. 

On the contrary, by restricting his freedom he produces a really beautiful piece. 

This is seen throughout the entire world. Freedom of speech can be misunderstood to mean that you can speak about whatever you want, but the sensitive person understands that sometimes its better not to say something, if it will cause offence for example. 

For me, this answers one of the most fundamental questions. Judaism is a great religion, with a huge emphasis on family cohesion, respecting your parents and treating others as you want to be treated yourself. So what’s with all the limitations, like not doing anything on Shabbos? 

With our new definition of freedom we can begin to understand it from a more mature angle. The commandments aren’t there to make your life a boring misery. Why would an all good, all loving G-d want to do that? Rather they are guidelines to help extract the best qualities from us and switch off our phones and TV's in order to spend time with the family and re-connect to what is truely important. Shabbos gets us to focus on the spritual and most importantly on our relationship with 

The true freedom and happiness we are all looking for can only be achieved through restrictions on our innate urge to act as we please.

Auschwitz - new video

Tuesday, 24th March 2015


World Jewish Congress - Auschwitz, a brand new 15-minute documentary on the history of the Nazi death camp, produced by Steven Spielberg and narrated by Meryl Streep, will be permanently installed at the Auschwitz Memorial. The documentary had its premiere yesterday, in the presence of 300 Holocaust survivors.

CLICK HERE to watch the video.

Passover: You’re Never Alone

Thursday, 19th March 2015

Passover: You’re Never Alone

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Thursday, 12th March 2015

Validation is a delightful film that revolves around the importance of knowing you are appreciated.

Validation is a fable about the magic of free parking.

Validation is an independent short film about, well being validated. It talks about the importance of encouragement and motivation, of letting someone know that that he or she is doing something right. It's 16+ minutes long, the longest by far on this movie list, but please trust me, this is absolutely worth watching.

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