In her WhatsApp group for mothers, Elana Dror is noticing an unusual topic in the morning discussions: where to find eggs.
For the past couple weeks, she and other Israeli shoppers have faced a shortage of eggs in supermarkets across the country, thanks to a combination of hoarding and a difficulty importing from key suppliers Italy and Spain, where the coronavirus pandemic is hitting particularly hard.
So Israel is launching emergency egg airlifts and expediting shipments to get in enough supply before Wednesday night’s start to the Jewish holiday of Passover.
“It’s very difficult to find eggs,” said Dror, chief economist for Israel’s Farmers Association. “Whenever I go to the store now, if I see eggs, I’ll buy.”
Eggs are popular symbols at Easter gatherings among Christians this time of year, and they’re also important in the Jewish faith. Passover typically begins with a large family meal, featuring