To whom this may concern,
I’m not mentioning any specific eateries, because I’m not here to bash anyone.
I’m a simple mother who grew up out of town, and I’m in the Lakewood area for the summer.
When I went to pick up food at a local shop, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I literally had to double check the sign on the store to make sure I had the right address. Because I was greeted by a group of teens, boys and girls, standing outside smoking (don’t know what they were smoking, but it didn’t smell like regular smoke), talking extremely loud, and more. I left, and found myself a different place.
But it left me thinking. Is a Rav’s Hechsher on a shop only for the food? What about the Kashrus of the Ruchniyus of a place? Why is that okay? If boys and girls want to hang out, let them find a bar or some other place to party, but when it’s done in our faces, how does it allow for a store to maintain its Hechsher when there’s Treif around the facility? Treif isn’t only for our bodies, it’s for our Neshamos too.
I hope a Rav reads this and takes actions to rectify this. I believe if a Hechsher was removed from one place, they and others would quickly make sure they are in compliance with the Hechsher rules.
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