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Maran R’ Eliyashiv Shlita – “War was declared against Shabbos”

eliyashiv1.jpg“Shabbos opponents have declared war against the Shabbos, and during a time of war it is imperative to raise the banner of Shabbos in every possible manner. As such, instructions should be issued to everyone to use only goods produced in shomer Shabbos factories. Even a company that keeps Shabbos, if it owns another company or store open on Shabbos then the Shabbos-observant [company] should not be patronized until it closes all of its associated businesses on Shabbos,” Maran HaRav Eliashiv shlita told the members of Vaad HaRabbonim Lemaan Kedushas HaShabbos during a recent visit to Maran’s home to seek halachic guidelines and directives regarding various factories that do not close on Shabbos.

At a recent Vaad HaRabbonim meeting in Ofakim attended by local councilmen and leading askonim, information was presented showing that all of the paper companies that claim to be shomer Shabbos in fact operate seven days a week. A call by gedolei Yisroel was conveyed, urging the public to use only paper products not produced through chilul Shabbos, from the production stage through the packaging stage.

The participants were told that Shaniv, located in Ofakim and owned by R’ Avrohom Brandt, is the world’s only factory that shuts down completely on Shabbos. The factory produces toilet paper, paper towels, tissue paper and napkins.

Vaad HaRabbonim members revealed all other factories, even those which print the words “Mifal Shomer Shabbos” on the packaging, operate 364 days a year.

HaRav Menachem Mendel Mendelson, the rov of Komemiyus, addressed the meeting, speaking at length about the importance of crying out in defense of Shabbos. He recalled that when the Chazon Ish visited HaRav Amram Blau in jail after his arrest for protesting Shabbos desecration he called his visit “a Shabbos visit.” He went on to say that it is a big mitzvah to encourage and remind people to keep Shabbos, noting that in only one place throughout the Mishnoh Berurah did the Chofetz Chaim write, ” . . . all who take part would merit sons who are gedolei Yisroel”: Chaburas Mazhirei Shabbos, a group which would make the rounds of the town, sounding the cry that Shabbos was coming. Today the rabbonim and their shlichim and all those in a position to protest are the ones sounding the cry, he said.

HaRav Hillel Weinberg also spoke, saying that the bigger the factory, the bigger the yetzer hora and the more attempts on its part to explain why the factory can or should operate on Shabbos. “It is terrible for us to see how so many of the factories look for ploys, such as selling to a goy, etc., to pose as shomer Shabbos. Here we see an enormous factory like Shaniv, which is run by a Jew who keeps Torah and mitzvos. It openly proclaims to other factories that they should learn from its example that even a large factory can shut down all its machines and totally halt on Shabbos.

“Today there are many religious or traditional Jews who do not want to desecrate the Shabbos but are forced to do so by their place of work. We have the ability to prevent this by not lending a hand to Shabbos desecraters.” He also shared the message he heard during the visit to Maran HaRav Eliashiv’s home the previous week.

Deiah Vedibur

6 Responses

  1. The Vaad HaRabbonim should discuss the topic of supporting our Shomer Shabbas Yid with Parnoso, to shop at our own grocery,butcher and bakeries stores primarily. Too many of us nickel and dime ourselves and support the non-jewish mega supermarkets.

  2. Dear Toronto Yid,
    Try convincing a person with a large household to shop in the local ‘Shomer Shabbos Yid’ owned grocery, when a significant amount of money can be saved by shopping in a non-Jewish owned mega supermarket. It will be a tough sell.
    I agree with you that its very important to support a fellow Jew, but to what extent? I live in an “out of town” community and the products that can’t be bought anywhere else we buy at the frum grocery. However, how can I justify paying over $5.00 for a box of cereal when the same product can be bought for under $2.00 elsewhere?!?

    With best wishes for a K’siva V’chasima Tova.

  3. if memory serves me correctly (And I am sure that many people will tell me if I am wrong), in Monsey MANY years ago a Pharmacy opened and the prices were significantly higher than elsewhere. I think it was R’Yaakov ZT’L that told the owner that he couldn’t tell Yidden to shop there unless he lowered his prices

  4. Yidden, The Mega-superstore Doesn’t have to pay tuition, which pays Rebbeim, and Morah’s, etc… Nor do they have to buy kosher food themselves which pays for the shochet, mashgiach, etc… All they have is a stock price, for Stock holders to keep happy.

    Gut G’benched Yur.

  5. YossiA – and we do have to pay for all those things. I prefer to shop at the heimisha stores – convience, selection AND prices (at least where I live).

    One thing that I do not like is when I see workers (hispanics), coming to work dirving cars with CT, NC, MI and PA plates. Hmmm… can you say illegal aliens? Today I asked for a case of water and the checker responded that he doesn’t speak english! Too bad that the owners of the stores do not have the same desire to support Yidden as they expect from us.

    another story, I was in a butcher shop – years-ago and the owner was complaining about all those who shop at Pathmark when they can buy things by the Jewish owned stores. One night I was in Pathmark and in comes the butcher to buy envelopes. the Jewish owned housewares store, and the Stationary store both sold envelopes.

    OK – OK enough rants from me (at least for today) 🙂

    All the best for a
    K’Sivsa v’Chasima Tova

  6. This may be the last post for 5766, so let’s make it good! YossiA, are you suggessting that when we buy from the heimishe stores, it should could towards our tuition bill, since that money gets funnelled to the Rebbeim anyway? good idea!
    Ksiva v’Chasima Tova to gantz Klal Yisroel!

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