Attention TLS readers. If you are a Bas Yisroel who is aware of Tznius and dresses according to Halacha, you can skip this letter.
This letter is addressed to the women who think a Frum supermarket is a fashion show.
What do I mean?
I honestly haven’t been in a grocery in probably over a year. I work and my wife does most of the shopping via an app, and for the couple stuff she sometimes misses she goes to the grocery for.
What I didn’t realize was the shock I would be in for when I did go to the supermarket last week.
To preface, I’m a regular Balbus who works in the city, and I’m not some head-in-the-sand guy who isn’t aware of the world around me. And I have struggles every day like many others.
That being said, I was quite shocked when I was met with sights I would have never dreamed I would see in Lakewood. I won’t describe the Issurim in dressing that I witnessed, but I will just say it was something I don’t think Lakewood has ever seen until recently. Why is it okay for you to dress in a grocery as if it’s a gym or a fashion show? Do you not realize the Micsholos you’re placing in front of other shoppers? Where is the Heter for this?
Again, I’m no ‘Frummy’ like some would call it. In fact, I wear blue shirts on weekends and I’m not a typical Yeshivish looking person, but I’m a man who is trying to do the right thing.
In fact, I came home and told my wife that I Bli Neder will not be shopping in local groceries anymore unless they give an option for separate men’s hours. I know some are probably thinking “this guy is an extremist.” No, I’m not an extremist. I’m someone who has enough of struggle in my workplace and don’t need it in my local supermarket.
And if you’re a woman reading this, I implore you to take a hard look at yourself and ask yourself if you fit this description.
Thank you Scoop for allowing me to share this concern with your readership, and I hope it will at least make an impact on those looking to do the right thing.
A regular working Lakewood guy.
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