Rami Levy and the Fogels
It’s been a tough week, grappling with the horrors of the Fogel family massacre in Itamar, and the stories and images coming from Japan. I find it difficult to turn away from the news, whether in the pages of the newspaper or on my computer screen.But tonight, I shook my head in appreciation of local supermarket mogul Rami Levy, who — I read on Facebook — has been stocking the shelves of the Fogel family kitchen himself all week during shiva, and has pledged to provide groceries to the three surviving Fogel children until they turn 18, wherever they may live.
Levy is a Jerusalem phenomenon, who turned one Machane Yehuda stall into one of the country’s most successful discount supermarket chains. Granted, it’s a supermarket I try not to frequent — although they have the best prices on cereal — because it’s an aggressive shopping scenario out there, and I’ve been trying to lower my stressful situations.
Whatever one might think of the guy, including his recent politically-motivated real estate deal in East Jerusalem, he’s acting on what many of us are thinking about this week, doing something to help this broken and bereaved family, the three children left to live life without their mother, father and three siblings.