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Thursday, May 10, 2007 - Signs of the Time

The struggle between faith and militant skepticism plays itself out in The Fairfax District, that neighborhood just south of Hollywood - Fairfax Avenue between Melrose and Beverly - sometimes called Kosher Canyon.  It starts with the awnings.

Yellow awning with graffiti and stickers, Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles
"The Kosher News" - Fairfax District, Los Angeles
"The Kosher News" - Fairfax District, Los Angeles

Worshiping many things -

Marilyn Monroe graphic - Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles
Cameraman graphic - Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles

The war of the stickers -

Stickers - Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles
Stickers - Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles
Stickers - Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles

The neighborhood -

Blue Deli wall - Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles

What's the Truth About... Glatt Kosher

Rabbi Ari Z. Zivotofsky, Ph.D.

    Misconception: "Glatt Kosher" means something like "extra kosher" and applies to chicken and fish as well as meat.

    Fact: Glatt is Yiddish for smooth, and in the context of kashrut it means that the lungs of the animal were smooth, without any adhesions that could potentially prohibit the animal as a treifa, an issue only applicable to animals, not fowl or non-meat products. [far more at the link]

Blue Globe - Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles
Leader sign (defunct newspaper) - Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles
Shalom Retirement Home - Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles

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Technical Note:

Most of these photographs were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0.  Earlier photography was done with a Sony Mavica digital still camera (MVC-FD-88) with built-in digital zoom.

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