With Food Prices Rising, Should Jews Panic?
Keep your bacon and beer
Did you know that food prices jumped 3.9 percent last month, the most since November 1974? Scary—and yet, for Jews, maybe something of a boon, at least adjusted for inflation. According to one blogger, three particularly hard-hit prices are those of bananas (up 21 percent); bacon (17 percent); and beer (barley prices are up 50 percent). But for Jews, this should be less of a problem. We’re not big drinkers, so beer is not much of a concern. Many of us like bananas, but really, who needs the constipation? And as for bacon: Perhaps the power of the pocketbook will make more observant Jews of us all.