Yasir and Sarah experiment with working from home. Amaar opens a store in the mosque and asks Rayyan and Baber to help. Fatima questions Nancy, a tourist who turns out to be from the Canadian secret service. Although Nancy only wants to be left alone and enjoy her holidays, they convince her to take a tour of the mosque and in the end manage to get the mosque put under surveillance.
Nancy: I was hoping to get some pie.
Fatima: We all hope for a lot of things.
My community has a store. It has about the same amount of sales as the Mercy mosque store, close to zero. Among other reasons, this is because nobody ever manages to go there – it is open for about two hours per week, from 2 to 3 or some other time when normal people work. Also, because very few people in the community are observant. Plus, there is the internet.
What is there that a normal supermarket doesn’t have, why do you need a Jewish store? Well, the main thing is kosher food. While many things that you can buy in the normal supermarket are kosher, a few things are difficult to get. Meat and wine for example. Or holiday specials, like Matzot for Pesach. Also, in a normal supermarket you will always have to pay a lot of attention. Yes, chocolate from brand X is kosher, but only the varieties A, B, and C, not D. And sometimes there is no choice, there is just that one kosher product of a certain category. Or even complete categories where there is no kosher brand (like frozen pizza). It feels very relaxing to be in a place where you can potentially buy everything you see and there is choice!
Another reason to go to a Jewish store is of course that it is the only possibility buy things that are connected to ritual (kipa, tallit, tefilin, etc). Or religious literature. Yes, you can order everything online, but a real shop is different. You can see and touch the items, you can browse and let yourself be inspired by the choice. And buy other stuff that you don’t really need: Jewish-themed jewelery, greeting cards, T-shirts, movies, etc.
While writing this I just noticed that it has been a very long time since I last entered a Jewish store. One of these days I have to make the time and visit our community store (if it still exists)!