Maran R’ Elyashiv Shlita Permits Distribution of Shefa Shuk Vouchers


elyash.jpgDuring 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)


  1. Before some of you start jumping calling names, get you facts straight before you do. For the last few years there has been a “boycott” from the charedi sector on everything that belongs to David Weissman and his AM: PM Chain that includes Mega and Shefa Shuk. But the fact is that Nobody abides by it. A big example, in Ramat Beit Shemesh there is a Shefa Shuk that is jam pack every day, while the other place “yesh” it not so. There are others in other cities across Israel with the same results. Those of you that live here know that’s the truth. But I guess that when it comes to free money and food many things can be overlooked even listening to the some Rabbis.

  2. Not in Modiin Elite, TorahJew 1826! Shefa Shuk has only been used by a very few residents, with the remainder being from the mizrachi communities of Chashmonaim, Modiin, etc, while Yesh is jam-packed every day, with the average waiting time for the checkout being close to half an hour. I’m curious to see if things will change so fast.