At a time when we acknowledge that there is an ongoing declining financial situation across the entire world and we have surely noticed that it has affected many Jewish businesses, which are barely surviving, we should keep in mind that the Torah obligates us to help our fellow Jews. Thus, we should reexamine some of our yeshivos’ policies. Many yeshivos require parents to purchase vouchers – sorry, Chesed Dollars – in the thousands of dollars, which encourage our support of non-Jewish businesses, such as Path Mark ,ShopRite, etc. Yet, we all know that our local Jewish businesses, especially the grocery stores, are all suffering. Therefore, as a true chesed, we have to remember to help out our own first. The Torah mandates that we support our brothers first. Help you brother and sister survive even if it is a little more expensive. Tzedaka must begin at home.
Your Fellow Yid