Omer Bar-Lev And Yaron Angel Visit Rav Edelstein Shiva And Offer Written Apology- Angel’s Boycott Ends

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — For nearly an entire month, the chareidi community in Israel has unanimously avoided consuming items from Angel’s bakery, the famous and most prominent bakery providing bread for the community. After Angel’s director Omer Bar-Lev chose to demonstrate opposite the home of Rabbi Gershon Edelstein during a protest against the yeshiva students [called ‘parasites’ by some demonstrators], chareidim on social media initiated a boycott of Angel’s products, causing a sharp reaction from the public.

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Neither Bar Lev nor Angel’s saw fit to apologize for the demonstration, instead claiming that the boycott was ineffective and that they did not intend to apologize for Bar-Lev’s actions as that would be “surrendering to the boycotters.” Despite Angel’s claims, there was a significant drop in orders from the company and many stores with Angel franchises elected to leave the franchise rather than lose customers.

In the wake of Rabbi Edelstein’s passing, Bar Lev and Yaron Angel, the owner of the Angel bakery’s enterprises, decided to pay a condolence call on his family as well as offering a written apology, ending the boycott with an apparent victory for the chareidim.

In the letter to “the family of Rabbi Edelstein and his adherents” signed by Yaron Angel, he states what was already known but not declared by the company until now- that Omer Bar-Lev attended the demonstration as a private person and not in his office as Angel’s director. Angel admits that “we should have clarified this immediately after the demonstration and expressed our remorse” but claims that “we thought that this would embroil the company in political matters which we have avoided for decades. However this silence was interpreted as a further insult [ to the chareidi community] for which we are deeply pained and offer heartfelt apologies.”

Angel insists that “no insulting terms or actions were initiated by the company, its workers or anyone associated with the company.” He also stresses the longstanding relationship with the chareidi community as well as the fact that many chareidim are employed by the company. He concludes that the company’s silence should not have been misinterpreted as agreeing to the criticism levelled at the chareidi community and requests their forgiveness.

The letter and the condolence visit will apparently lead to the end of the boycott against Angel products. Avi Ravina, the journalist who instigated the boycott, said Sunday that “the goal was to prove the power of the chareidi community as a consumerist force. In future other companies will think twice before they interfere in such a divisive political issue. This was a very easy protest for the community, nobody had to do much, the community said its own thing.”

 

 


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Abba
Abba
11 months ago

Message to Angel bakery:

2 points:

1. The one you need to ask mechila from is no longer within the living. He was niftar.
2. No one blamed Angel Bakery. What was demanded was the Bar Lev is fired. Angel bakery doubled down and hence a boycott came about. Which, by the way, you claimed was not hurting your business.

This a misfire and a weak attempt to sweep the core issue under the rug.

Dr. Alex Morales
Dr. Alex Morales
11 months ago

Shouldn’t Bar-Lev be the one apologizing? His company didn’t protest by the Rav’s home, he did.

lipale
lipale
11 months ago

they need to go to Maran’s kever with a minyan and apologize to Maran and beg for mechila

Thinking Jew
Thinking Jew
11 months ago

25,000 jews gather to celebrate Torah and you don’t mention a word?? For shame…

Reb Lou
Reb Lou
11 months ago

They apologized so now make peace. Show the good side of the religious and make a kiddush Hashem. Don’t continue to fight. Show the way .

Lgb
Lgb
11 months ago

So they waited until Rav Edelstein died to apologize? Reeks of opportunism

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HertzlFontaine
11 months ago

My Maggid Shiur discussed this today. He felt that the apology was insincere, and he personally had no desire to buy Angel’s products, as he feels the management and owners still hate him and all religious Jews. But Rav Gershon’s way in life was always with love, and as such it would be fitting to accept this insincere apology and move on.

Educated Archy
Educated Archy
11 months ago

If he is the CEO then its the company. Isn’t that what we say in the USA about the my pillow guy or any individual CEO that dares to support trump? We never detach the two here

Boris
Boris
11 months ago

yawn…

Liam K. Nuj
Liam K. Nuj
11 months ago

The question remains, will Angel’s Bakery retaliate against any of the stores?

Common Sense
Common Sense
11 months ago

The simple solution to this controversy is to eat healthy. What bakeries sell is not healthy. We have too many people who are overweight and endangering their health. Don’t forget the Mitzvzah “Venishmertam Meod Al Nafshoiseichem.”

Perfectionist
Perfectionist
11 months ago

What took VIN 24 hours to FEED this to us?

dis June
dis June
11 months ago

wasn’t there a chereim?

Florida Oma
Florida Oma
11 months ago

The fact that “Omer Bar-Lev attended the demonstration as a private person and not in his office as Angel’s director” means that he should be apologizing for himself and not the owner of Angel’s Bakery. I would not lift the boycott until he does!!!!

Aguttenshabbos
Aguttenshabbos
11 months ago

Wonder if the kol koreh signs saying that the boycott was lifted went up as fast as those thousands of posters that declared the protest originally.