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One day, Tzahi Sandrossi, a 45-year-old native of the southern resort city of Eilat, decided that he wanted to manufacture tahini. What followed, he says, was the most riveting − and frustrating − year of his life. "I wanted to build the enterprise with my own hands, so every stage involved a long process of trial and error. I cast the millstones three times before I arrived at the right weight....