couponing in the holy land

Frugal food shopping for the Anglo Israeli

Pesach mission #8: Smell the flowers

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Pesach mission #8: Smell the flowers

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Last Shabbat was Rosh Chodesh Nisan.  It is tradition to say a blessing now on the flowering fruit trees that smell so wonderful.

Take a few minutes from your hectic schedule and go out to an orchard.  Recite the blessing below:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה’ אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁלֹּא חִסֵּר בְּעוֹלָמוֹ כְּלוּם וּבָרָא בוֹ בְּרִיּוֹת טוֹבוֹת וְאִילָנוֹת טוֹבוֹת לֵהָנוֹת בָּהֶם בְּנֵי אָדָם.

Translation: Blessed are You, L‑rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has made nothing lacking in His world, and created in it goodly creatures and goodly trees to give mankind pleasure.


It is so important not to forget to stop and breathe during this oh-so-crazy time. Why don’t you make it a picnic while you are there?


Ready for the next mission?  Go to Pesach mission #9: The children are not the Passover sacrifice!

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Free children/youth book at Tzomet Sefarim

I haven’t checked this out in the store but it appears that Tzomet Sefarim is selling grape juice and you get a book free when you buy a bottle.  Or maybe you bring a receipt from a supermarket- someone posted that exact question on their Facebook page but didn’t get an answer yet.

EXPOSED: Kashrut and health violations in Osher Ad

Do you buy fresh meat from the counter at Osher Ad in Jerusalem?  If so, you want to watch this video published today by Arutz 10.  The Hebrew is difficult to follow (I watched it twice) but to summarize, this is what they found in two Osher Ad supermarkets:

  1. Sanitary violations- picking up meat from the floor at putting it back in the display, dirty floors
  2. Health violations- grinding fresh and frozen meat together, selling expired products
  3. Kashrut violations- the mashgiach for Kehillot splitting the same piece of meat into Badatz Beit Yosef (Atara) and Kehillot, grinding both hashgachot together and selling it as Atara, the worker adding holograms to packages of meat without instruction from the mashgiach.

Badatz Beit Yosef’s response was that they do not have a mashgiach on the premises of Osher Ad.  Therefore, any meat that is sold in Osher Ad under Atara is prepared and supervised in a different place and brought to Osher Ad already packaged with a hologram.   In the video, however, a worker actually put holograms on packages of meat that were prepared in the store with an Atara label.

Osher Ad’s response on their Facebook page:

The videos that have recently been published are staged.   There is no connection between what you see in the video and the narration that accompanies and interprets it.  The chain promises always and forever to stand by our promise to the consumer to provide low prices, the highest kashrut and quality standards.  That is how we have acted and that is how we will continue to act.

What do you think? I personally have never been in an Osher Ad but I know a lot of readers are- does the video tell the truth?  The votes on Osher Ad’s Facebook page are 50% positive and 50% negative right now.

Forty Free Sites to visit on Pesach – 2015 Edition

Bank HaPoalim has once again sponsored the free entrance to a multitude of attractions throughout Israel.

There is a very cute Hebrew site which has all of the information including opening hours and how to get there by public transportation.

Here is a list in English of the free sites:

Free Museums in the North

  • Ghetto Fighters Museum
  • International Stone Sculpture Symposium Galilee
  • Deer Forest
  • Antiques Museum of the Golan
  • Katzrin Park
  • Umm Al Fahm Museum
  • Wilfrid Museum
  • Probot- Agricultural Adventure
  • Ein Harod Art Center
  • HaChan Museum, Hadera

Free Museums in Haifa

Free Museums in the Center

Free Museums in the Jerusalem area

  • Yad LeShiryon – Armored Corps Museum
  • Bible Lands Museum
  • City of David- Archeological Adventure Emek Tzurim
  • City of David- Armon HaNatziv
  • Jerusalem Botanical Gardens
  • Old Yishuv Court Museum
  • Begin Heritage Center
  • Yad Ytzhak Ben Tzvi
  • Shai Agnon House
  • Israel Museum Jerusalem (not part of the Bank Hapoalim promotion) will be open free for children throughout chol hamoed and is free for everyone on April 9 )

Free Museums in the South of Israel

Free Agricultural Open House at Misrad HaChaklaut 1 April 2015

Looking to take a break from cleaning next week?  Consider stopping by the Ministry of Agriculture’s campus in Beit Dagan (between Rishon L’Tzion and Rechovot).  There will be all the latest agricultural technologies, flowers, a movie, tastings and more!  Admission is free.

Pesach Mission #7: Anti-Procrastination Day!

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updated for 2015

Originally posted on couponing in the holy land:

We have been going pretty slowly up until now, and now we have no choice but to plunge right in.  Tackle a big room and just do it!

FlyLady’s web site has a great method for cleaning rooms- each area of the house is divided into five zones.

Click here to learn about FlyLady’s method for decluttering.

Click here for a Detailed Cleaning List for each zone.

Ready for the next mission? Go to Pesach mission #8: Smell the flowers

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Pesach Mission #6: Linen Closet

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Since we have all of our cleaning supplies and we know how many guests we will be having, it is time to tackle the linen closet.

NOTE: This mission, as well as future missions, describe an in-depth cleaning and purging. This is more than a cleaning for chametz and should not be construed as necessary preparations for Pesach. Dust is not chametz! Clean according to your comfort level.

Look at your closet- is it overstuffed? Very messy and disorganized?

  • Take everything out and arrange the sheets into sets- sheets, pillowcase, and towel and fold them together. Create as many sets as you will need for the holidays.
  •  If your youngest child is 15, purge those Little Mermaid sheets!
  •  Turn any worn-out towels into rags.
  • We keep all of our coolers and camping equipment here- if you do as well, clean it out and get it ready for Pesach.

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Around the world: Frozen peas and carrots

I was happy to see that this time they mentioned that they compared name brands and not generics.   

Around the world: Sweet paprika (packaged)


Turkish eggs found to have pesticide residues

Misrad HaChaklaut announced today that during a routine test of eggs imported from Turkey, they discovered pesticide residues of an amount that is above the legal limit in Israel.  As a result of this, all imports from that region will be tested for pesticide residues before being released for sale.

Did you know that Israel produces 2 billion eggs a year, and that is still not enough to supply the Israeli public? Israel therefore has to import approximately 150 million eggs a year, especially around Pesach and Rosh HaShanah.  For comparison, the United States produces 75 billion eggs per year and Australia produces 392 million dozen.    To date, eggs are imported into Israel from Turkey, Spain, and the Netherlands.

The Misrad HaChaklaut article doesn’t say what pesticide residue was found or whether this has happened before.  It also doesn’t say what happened to the contaminated eggs- there hasn’t been a recall, so where did they go?  Where they held until the test results came back or did we eat those eggs?  Not a pleasant thought.

The Marker shows a different perspective of the countries that export eggs to Israel:

מאיפה מגיעות הביצים המיובאות

They also reminded us of the media storm surrounding the importing of eggs from Turkey in 2012 because in Turkey there is no requirement to vaccinate their chickens for Salmonella, as there is in Israel.  At the same time, a study came out in the Poultry Science journal which showed an incidence of 60% Salmonella positive flocks in Turkey, 70% of which being Salmonella Enteritidis, a particularly pathogenic strain of Salmonella that caused a recall of approximately 500 million eggs in the United States in 2010.  Because of this information, pressure was put on Misrad HaChaklaut to enforce the decades-old law which requires egg sorting stations to label which country eggs are produced in.

For more information about eggs in Israel, check out Aliyah tip #1: Understanding eggs (2015 update)


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