Gefilte Fish Out of Water


CSI: Supermarket
April 10, 2009, 2:06 pm
Filed under: Cultural Differences

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I heard about this, and couldn’t wait to check it out for myself.  Because of the Chametz Law, stores in Israel are not allowed to publicly display leavened flour products for sale or consumption during the 8-day holiday of Pesach (Passover).  So, supermarkets and delis will cover up these products with huge swaths of plastic tarp; if they don’t, they could face stiff fines.

What the law doesn’t say is that you can’t sell or buy these products – only that you can’t publicly display them.  I’m told that as the holiday goes on, you will see big holes ripped into the tarps, as people reach in to buy whatever the hell they want.  I’ll go back for more of that evidence later on.

The sign says, "Chametz," and it means "leavened flour products."

The sign says, "Chametz," and it means "leavened flour products."

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