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Paying for Kosher Food

When you spend money on a mitzvah, you never lose.


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Visitor Comments: 8

(8) elf, February 11, 2016 4:13 PM

God is in control

You are so telling the truth. Without God we can do nothing. He has the power and the glory forever.
Thanks for restating the truth.

(7) Al Davis, February 5, 2016 3:24 PM

Lori is correct but there's another side

I agree, in principle with Ms. Palatnik but there is another side to the coin. What about those setting the prices making it a little less difficult for people to do the mitzvah. Looking at the differences in supermarkets and restaurants, they are often outrageous! Those desiring to keep kosher are often charged exorbitant amounts, especially for kosher meat. Despite the hype of the goyishe world, all Jews are not rolling in money and the poorest among us struggle mightily to keep a kosher home -- forget about dining in a kosher restaurant.

We should do the mitzvah of buying and eating kosher -- will to spend a few extra shekels. Those selling should not take advantage of us by charging outlandish prices -- that's NO MITZVAH!!!

(6) Anonymous, February 4, 2016 9:16 PM

solve this dilemma for me please

Thank you Lori. I buy only kosher meats, chicken, fish, etc. Please just tell me why kosher supermarkets and butchers raise the prices before jewish holidays instead of lowering or keeping them the same to encourage people who can't afford kosher meats during the year to at the very least try to stay kosher for the holidays. In America, all supermarkets lower prices of meats or other traditional foods for the Christian holidays to encourage this. Only the jews raise the prices.

(5) Anonymous, February 4, 2016 5:26 PM

True, but…..

Yes, it is true to spend money for mitzvoth is an expression of ones love for G-d and his way of life described in the Torah. Unfortunately the reality is the enormous amount of money one needs to live in Jewish community is beyond most trying to make a living. To afford to buy a home, provide jewish education, miss work on the holidays, not to mention expensive kosher holidays
like passover. This is a conspiracy of silence for the future generations who need to be able to live this life style. Many live beyond their means and at times do things ethically questionable or even illegal to keep up with this unsustainable observance. It very sad because no one of leadership addresses this issue.
It puts so much stress on many trying to keep up.

(4) Anonymous, February 2, 2016 11:45 PM

My tax money

I live in an area with a large frum community, many with large families, and low education level due to poor educational ( English ) standards in the schools. In addition, many are involved in cash only businesses and avoid paying taxes etc and just apply for all the government assistance. As a result, I see many using SNAP ( aka food stamps) to purchase the kosher foods priced way above the levels of other foods. Price gouging is alive and well, and I resent seeing my hard earned tax monies going out the door like this.

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