We are all hurting here. And with Pesach upon us, no sign of the public restrictions that preclude normal business letting up, and quite a while before we seemingly expect to get the the finish, line I am amazed at all the chesed our community and community advocates are doing. How quickly services are mobilized, how dedicated all the volunteer squads are. In this moment klal yisroel is shining all be it in very many separate and disparate places.
With the vast uncertainty before us, and many businesses teetering under the strain, our grocery stores remain strong and solid. While they may not be having the same high season as usual due to people cutting down on non-essentials, they are assured, the klal will need food as long as there is a klal. However, the klal’s ability to withstand this situation, and concurrently, the ability to pay for it, is challenged. We are told that at least a portion of these restrictions will be in place until the end of April. I am sure I am not alone in wondering how I will be able to pay even for my stripped down (after the normally stripped down) grocery list for the week.
I would like to ask if perhaps our food establishments could review their standard practice and perhaps go a little thinner on their margins for the time being as well. Yes it’s a sacrifice to even keep your doors open to the public in this time. It is a sacrifice like that of a korban shelamim for which the owner derives benefit as well.
Perhaps by recognizing the suffering of each of those customers coming in now to buy food and giving a little relief to a weary public, they will partly merit the zechus of a korban olah as well- an offering that is entirely for Hashem.