Seven Refrigerators

Kosher kitchen with two refrigerators

Mendel was making aliyah, so as a new immigrant to Israel, he was allowed to bring household items with him into the country without charge, duty-free. However, appliances that are brought in order to be sold are subject to an import duty (tax).

When Mendel arrived at the port office in Haifa to claim his household goods, the excise officer told him there was a problem.

"Only personal household items are allowed duty-free," the officer said.

"But I have only personal household items. What is the problem?" Mendel asked. » read more