During a meeting held in the home of Maran HaGaon HaRav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv Shlita last Tuesday, the gadol hador approved the distribution of Shefa Shuk shopping vouchers to avreichim by the Vaad Le’Inyanei Tzedaka.
According to the Chareidim report, R’ Elyashiv expressed words of praise for David Weissman, who owns AM:PM and Shefa Shuk, for deciding to begin closing down AM:PM branches on shabbos. The report states that 5,000 NIS 500 vouchers were distributed ahead of the yomtov. Rav Aurdintlich of the vaad explained the distribution was not an official act of the vaad, and while he did not meet personally with R’ Elyashiv, he received approval for the move, apparently via Rav Azriel Auerbach.
After Maran HaGaon HaRav Aryeh Leib Shteinman and Maran HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky gave their approval, the distribution got underway, primarily to avreichim in Bnei Brak.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)