By Leon Symons, August 15, 2008
The cost of making a Friday-night dinner is continuing to soar as the credit crunch bites.
Increased food, utility and fuel prices have led to sharply rising costs of essential dinner ingredients.
Food prices alone helped to lift inflation to a 16-year high last month, the steepest monthly climb for a decade, according to economists. And nowhere is this felt more than the Shabbat table.
Many kosher bakers have noticed customers scaling back what they buy, even when it comes to staple items such as challah.