Watch: The Hashkafah Of Supporting Local Frum Stores and Not Shopping at Big Chain Stores Even If You Can Save Money



  1. The last 3 minutes is key. Unfortunately the wicked people who “sell” esrogim and go keneged Halacha in their overcharging price gouging are Reshaim arurim of the worst kind. They prey on the most vurinable amongst us and I hope and pray that they pay a heavy price in this world and the next.

  2. What if the owner of the jewish store is driving a nicer car then me and lives in a nicer house, has more spending cash then i do and goes on more and better vacations, does my requirement of supporting a jewish person only work one way, if he does not have a requirement to help me by charging a little less of a mark up, do i have to buy from him?

  3. woa woa, thats alot of vitriol, do you have any clue what costs go into selling esrogim or the inconvenience that deserves compensation? If not your vicious statement is entirely unfair (at best). Furthermore even if if mochrim WERE reshaim as you state, why would you daven for their demise? why dont you daven that they do teshuvah (and give you free esrogim:)?
    And finally, you can easily get a kosher esrog for 25-30, anyone who has shimush in those halachos can show you how. So your chief complaint comes down to the fact that more mehudar esrogim cost more… Thats not very fair, you always pay more for “extras”, they take more care and effort to maintain their ‘hiddur”. so com’n dude, take a deep breath, oh, and an apology would be in order.

    • The problem with Arba Minim I think, is that so many people have jumper on the band waggon, all looking to make profit for the year in a month. Not only are there many sellers, who wont drop their prices if no one else does, there are also many resellers who each only make a small profit.
      The also keep shaving off the quality. The “extras” used to be standard. For example, you cant buy real kosher hadassim any more – which used to be included in the price, without forking out additional $10, $20, $30 for if you actually want 3 stalks that are kosher lechatchila, with 3 leaves at every point; what you get instead are 3 stalks that just about make minimum shiur, with barely any meshulosh leaves on just the top / part of it, just passing the kosher standard according to some. Similarly with Lulav & Esrogim, while charging much more for those too.

  4. How would we feel if the Non-Yidden would have their own similar ruling, that they should only shop by a Non-Jew? The fact is, that the Creator of all Human Beings wants us all, Yidden and Goyim, to live with each other with equal love and caring. Why don’t we realize the increase of Anti-Semitism which is all instigated by HKB”H?
    When Nationality (A) is not nice to Nationality (B), HKB”H will always instigate that Nationality (B) should dislike Nationality (A), Middoh Kneged Middoh.

  5. Preferentially giving one’s business to עמך isn’t a minhag, or merely a nice thing to do; it’s the הלכה. With that said, many poskim of recent generations have been asked regarding the price differences, the service provided, including the return policies, the quality of merchandise difference, if any, the hours of accessibility, since many larger stores are open till far later, and online shopping is 24/7, etc.
    There were many different opinions in the replies, ranging from up to 20% differences in price, to few pennies. As far as merchandise quality, the price differences apply only to same quality offered, else there is nothing to compare.
    While regaining a bag of potatoes, it is relatively easy to make a decision based on 10 cents involved, when it comes to big purchases, it’s worth asking a Rov as to one’s obligation to spend hundreds of dollars more, to buy the same item from a Yid. You might be surprised at the answer, depending on your own, and the store owner’s circumstances.

  6. What if the same Jewish owner own 3 out of 4 of the kosher supermarkets in the area; have put the small kosher stores out of business (or have them open a counter inside the larger supermarket) and are monopolizing the market. Do you still have to shop at their stores???

  7. I can’t speak for everyone, but I can tell you that many smart, hardworking people have a tough time making ends meet and really do need to save wherever they can. They may be getting tuition breaks, wearing old and worn-out coats, shoes and clothes, deferring maintenance on their house (if they have one), car (if they have one), eating a lot of mac and cheese for meals (or sometimes going hungry), dreading the 15th and month-end when bills are due and many other hardships the desperate endure that they hide as well as they can.

    • Unbelievable. You said what I was thinking exactly. We, unfortunately fall under that category. With kn”h a large mishpacha we can not make ends meet and have no choice but to constantly look for ways to be practical and save money. It’s not a matter of being cheap. It’s a matter of survival. Kimat, every dollar my wife & I bring home, goes to pay tuition and rent (I was never able to afford my own home). We have no choice but to scan the advertising rags to see what’s on sale and where. If a store like Shoprite or Walgreens has a sale on necessities that we need, we don’t hesitate to shop there. Unfortunately that includes chalav stam occasionally. We simply don’t have the luxury of going into a small heimishe grocery store and purchase all our needs and be at the mercy of the store owner.
      Yes, there is a major divide in our community between the “haves” and the “have nots” and it’s not being addressed properly by the true community leaders and askanim. It seems that ONLY after someone is suddenly niftar from all the stress, we see the ads on this website and other media outlets asking to help the family. Why do we have to wait til someone in the family dies??? A day before the death, the family wasn’t struggling financially?! Only after death the askanim and Rabbonim step in to help the almana?! There is something terribly wrong with this picture. Sweeping it under the carpet is not going to solve it.

  8. I fully agree with those that are struggling financially, that they must think of their family first, and if they can save a dollar by buying elsewhere – they should.
    However there is another issue that needs to be highlighted – that’s service and returns.
    many heimishe stores will gladly sell you something, but if it doesn’t work or comes damaged, there is no one to talk to. This issue in itself causes many frum buyers, even those that don’t mind paying a bit extra for the Mitzva, to buy elsewhere. If it doesn’t work – then either replace it or give me back my money. I don’t want your store credit or excuses.
    These store owners only have themselves to blame (aside for hurting many other frum store owners by their policies)

  9. what about the fact that 90% of the workers are non-jews namely Mexicans and other central americans who are often anti-Semites and work poorly, if a Jew owns a store and gives parnassa to Goyim it is not a jewish store.


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