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If Jews don’t support each other, who will?

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Visitor Comments: 16

(10) Canuck, February 10, 2013 3:30 PM

This exhortation should also apply to hiring practices.

In the Canadian city where i live, the local JBE (Jewish Board of Education) trustees seem to make it a point to hire non-Jewish teachers just to show how liberal they are. Some of these gentile teachers are of questionable competence, or mediocre at best. Meanwhile, some excellent, superbly qualified Jewish candidates for the teaching jobs get rejected routinely by the JBE. I am curious as to what Aish readers think of this situation.

(9) Robert, February 8, 2013 2:50 PM

Just understand why . . .

The exhortation to support our own co-religionists -- especially in difficult economic times and especially in circumstances where their establishments are at a disadvantage or are not generally patronized by others -- is well-taken. But if you missed the phrases "ideally" and "it is better to" at the start of the video you could come away with the impression that Halacha unequivocally demands that you pay up to 1/6 more. Please be aware that there is a range of legitimate views of what the Halacha requires or does not require (versus a "recommendation," which should, of course, not be lightly ignored). Moreover, Halacha contains the principle vis-a-vis charity that "the needy in your community have precedence," and there is quite a bit of work that one must do to determine how to define "needy" and "in your community" and "precedence" (it's not "all or nothing"). These are areas where I would recommend that one do some individual homework and then consult a rabbi with which you have a good relationship to get some guidance.

(8) Anonymous, February 7, 2013 6:31 PM

Not always so simple

Your article is titled "Buy Local," not "Buy Jewish." In our town we have one of the few last-standing, truly independent but well-stocked bookstores in North America--the owners are not Jewish, but it is very important for our town's morale not to be taken over by big-box bookstores and I like to support this store. The big-box store in town is owned by Jews, who will do fine with or without Jewish customers, contrary to your claim that no one will support Jewish owners if we don't. The conclusion in this case seems exactly the opposite of your proposition to me--the small store needs our support the most, regardless of the religion of the owners.

(7) Anonymous, February 6, 2013 3:36 PM

great video

Thank you, Lori, you're great! My parents were very liberal, had Jewish as well as non-Jewish friends, weren't religious,( except fasted on Yom Kippur, went to shul on Rosh Hashana and ate matza on Pesach) and yet they always tried to shop Jewish. And for all the reasons that you wrote. Because we were a very Jewish family-oriented family And even though they weren't religious they were JEWISH and that's the way a Jew acts. "Kol Yisrael areivem zeh b'zeh". We Jews are all responsible for one another".

(6) Anonymous, February 6, 2013 4:06 AM


When I first saw this video I was very uncomfortable since not all companies are clearly Jewish and just like the gentile community not all Jews are mensch s. when I go to a dollar store I don't know who owns the place .my tax accountant was Jewish and charged us more when my husband refused to say prayers in Hebrew after he did our income tax.we never went back and we didn't ake it a point to hire a Jewish accountant again. My point is , it's not always the money but if the person deserves your patronage with or without being Jewish .

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