We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost--also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!
Ah the voice of the Discontent. Daily having food provided for them, not having to toil in any way to find enough to eat. Eating the 'bread of heaven' ~ manna. But it was not enough. It was not as tasty as the cucumbers and onions of Egypt. No variety. Not what they were used to. Oy!
Those of us who have made Aliyah can, in some ways, relate to the discontent that can happen over the food issues. Food is how we celebrate. Food is how we wallow in depression. Food is necessary for life. Food has emotional attachment and becomes a personal issue.
Many of The 2 Spies (for we are more than 2) moved to Israel years ago when the stores here had no western products. The move brought about a type of 'fast'. There were no convenience foods. Everything had to be made from scratch. Labels were in Hebrew only and most with no pictures! Choices were very limited. Restaurants consisted of those that served felafels, shwarma and middle-eastern foods ~ if one could even afford to eat out. 'The' hamburger place, McDavid's, was far removed from what was available back in the Old Country. The food issues became a test. A point of choosing to be satisfied or grumble and long for "Egypt". To many, the foods were a lovely adventure in new and tasty cuisine. To others, a ripping off of a very primal need and comfort.
BUT the days of the 'food pioneer' are over. Coming to the Land now is a completely differnt gastric experience. All the wonderful Israeli dishes are available but now the list of places to dine includes McDonalds (for those who care), kosher Chinese, Ethiopian, Thai, Italian, and Sushi to name a few. The foods available are an endless list as imports increase daily from the diaspora. American, British, Russian, Ethiopian, Chinese, Indian, Korean food products can be found in grocery stores. There really is very little in the food realm that is missing. In one way, the wealth of the Nations has come to Israel. In another way, a Giant has been slain!
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