On the other hand

February 13, 2022 by Michael Kuttner
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Living in Israel one really does not need to have a calendar in order to know when the next festival is approaching.

The reason for this is revealed in our supermarkets and other shops.

Well in advance of a Jewish holiday shelves are overflowing with food and delicacies as well as other items appropriate to the Chag.

Prior to Rosh Hashanah honey, apples and pomegranates are on special together of course with every type of gourmet delight. Sukkot is coming when shops display decorations for our Sukkah and the four species are available in a myriad of sizes.

Chanukah is just around the corner when sufganiyot (donuts) proliferate and the smell of latkes is in the air as you shop in the Shuk. Channukiyot are on display in a variety of designs.  Tu B’Shvat is not far away when dried fruits suddenly are on special and Purim is fast approaching when you see baskets of mishloach manot being offered.

The prize of course for the greatest food frenzy is during the weeks leading up to Pesach. Growing up in New Zealand at a time when kosher food for Pesach could be counted on the fingers of one hand, today’s overwhelming choices are something previous generations could only dream about. Shavuot is the time for a dazzling variety of dairy products to be offered and so the year unfolds gastronomically.

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