Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Pesach Prices

As many of you know, Assemblyman Dov Hikind has been advocating price regulation this Pesach, due to the economic state.

Every year, we whine about the price increases that come with Pesach; many of which never seem to go away. I remember writing a piece inquiring about the inflated meat prices.

People suggest that the butchers sell Kosher L'Pesach meats in advance, not for the Martha Stewart-types whose kitchens are pesachdik two days after Purim, but to enhance their own bottom lines.

This year, finally, things are different. We are no longer tolerating price gauging.

Pesach is expensive regardless. Even with stable prices, Pesach food is an expense. Between Matzah and wine, depending on the size of your family, you've already been set back a significant amount of money.

I am not G-d forbid implying that this is a burden. Can you think of a better way to spend the money that G-d has given you than on a mitzvah?

I'll take what I can get, and am satisfied with the current war on price gauging -- that is, if it successful. Yet, I would like to know what took so long for people to step up to the plate, and say "no more"?!

Clearly, the fact that our economy is in shambles is what motivated people to finally take a stand.

But why not until now? !


At 3/25/2009 8:06 PM, Anonymous big bro #2 said...

"I am not G-d forbid implying that this is a burden. Can you think of a better way to spend the money that G-d has given you than on a mitzvah?"

I had no idea you went back to seminary....

At 3/30/2009 10:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about capitalism? Free economy? Do you really think these store owners are so evil? Don't they also have to make a living?

At 3/30/2009 11:04 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

Anon - yes, you're right. They need to make a living. But making a living by ripping people off, especially now when most people need to cut back, is wrong.
But if the prices are lower, more people will buy.

Otherwise, people are forced to rely on organizations such as Tomchei Shabbos who do not buy the food retail from these stores.

At 4/07/2009 6:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the food for pesach is more expensive for the stores to buy so why shouldnt they make any money off of the product?

At 1/04/2010 11:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

500000 people in Israel who have jewish fathers and grandfathers dream about making giur and becoming jewish. However, only about 500 a year out of 500000 go through conversion. Israel is very strict about Giur and there is a reason for that. Person who converts to judaism must strictly observe jewish laws otherwise Giur doesn't have validity. On the other hand jew who doesn't observe is still a jew.
If a person converts as case with Yuri Foreman, whose only father is jewish and mother is not, - question is why he didn't marry a jewish girl but Hingarian, who also converted. Giur shouldn't be because of husband or wife. Giur should because person can't live without judaism.
What's the point of becoming jewish through giur and marrying non jew?
Any person who was raised in a secular jewish family has a responsibility of marrying a jewish girl, so your children are gonna be jewish.
Yuri Foreman had a giur, married non jew - it's Ok for a non religious person. But since he claims his responsibility to higher authority, I question his Giur, and his actions raise my eyebrows. As well as many of his fights that took place on Shabath and jewish holidays.

Maybe his Rabbi can answer those question and clear the smoke


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