Many times people ask me about daily life in Israel. Occasionally I plan to post something about our everyday life and how it is the same or different from the United States, where we grew up.
The other day I went to the grocery store to buy a few things. Here is what I bought: 1 bag of potatoes, 3 avocados, 3 pears, 3 bananas, a small package of broccoli, lemon juice, garlic powder, 2 bottles of canola oil, lunchmeat, chicken breast and a package of 4 pre made hamburgers. The bill came to $34. Granted, I have not done much grocery shopping in the States for 14 years, but I still believe that grocery prices are higher in Israel. What is cheaper, though, is when you buy your fruits and vegetables at the shuk. This is an open-air market which most cities have once/week. Larger cities have them more often.
As a rule, the grocery stores are very busy on Thursday evenings and Friday until they close a few hours before Shabbat begins. Daily lives are structured around Shabbat and holidays. We will talk about this next time.