Bless the Sabbath, Enjoins Super-Sol

Recently the ultra-Orthodox community critisized the chain's controlling shareholder of desecrating the Sabbath.

In an attempt to strengthen its relations with the ultra-Orthodox community, the Super-Sol grocery chain published a flier in last weekend's Yedioth Ahronoth calling on readers to perform the Sabbath blessing.

The flier, entitled "Friday is reserved for my family," includes the blessing's words and a bit of advice: "Talk, laugh and dine together. There's one day of the week that you can sit town with the entire family and get connected."

Super-Sol had also distributed the handout in July before the launch of its daughter chain Yesh, which targets the Haredi community. This move was coordinated with the boycott underway against its rival, Blue Square's Shefa Shuk. The flier comes after advertisements by Super-Sol offering special deals on products related to the Sabbath dinner.

The renewal of the campaign may be related to Supersol's attempt to counter a boycott being conducted against it.

Some three weeks ago the ultra-Orthodox community circulated fliers of their own criticizing Nochi Dankner, the chain's controlling shareholder. Dankner's business was accused of desecrating the Sabbath.

One side of the poster declared: "Fact! Nochi Dankner, the owner of Yesh, is the biggest of Sabbath desecrators." The other side detailed a list of Dankner's businesses, entitled "It's time to uncover the truth. Nochi Dankner is the biggest Sabbath desecrator of his generation."

Unlike the fliers that led to the boycott of Dudi Wiessman's chain Shefa Shuk, which were signed by a committee of Haredi rabbis, the ones aimed at Super-Sol were anonymous, and the committee of Haredi rabbis publicly objected to a boycott of Supersol.

Based on customer traffic at a Yesh outlet in Bnei Brak over the past week, the campaign doesn't seem to have had any effect within in the Haredi community.