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‘A Letter From Nobody’

Anonymous Op-Ed: I'm not gezhe, my parents aren't rich, we don't get discounts at Crown Heights stores. In fact, we're nobodies. I am also a procrastinator, and should've written this thank you letter about a year ago when I needed to. Full Story

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anyone who has choives
July 20, 2009 9:41 am

remember to pay!

Maybe ask a neighbor to lend you money, even to pay.

And not only to the shuk- to every business!

We should not get used to running up choives.

To all somebody builders
July 19, 2009 6:17 am

Calling yourself nobody in a story like this is meant to increase the awesomeness of the deed done. Get over it, the article is very cleverly written.

These days its preferable that people know just how much chesed is going on so that we can all follow the lead of people so selfless.

Yasher chochacho!

July 18, 2009 8:32 pm

We have been reading very inspiring stories. BUT it is not enough to shower him with brochos. What Shlomo REALLY needs now may be help to stay openif it’s not too late. WHOEVER owes him any money should absolutely prioritize to pay him first if they can. I can imagine that he is owed over $100,000 if not more. Now is the time for all to repay him for his chesed immediately before it is too late CH”V. It is both correct towards such a baal chesed, and also a life saver for CH from a Monopoly situation where the… Read more »

a witness
July 18, 2009 4:56 pm

Shloimi gave me food for free !!!
for more that one and a half year …
he deserve all the berachos for his big chessed …

t s
July 18, 2009 4:09 pm

thank you for sharing

if mr shuk iselling to mr empire kosher., then all those that are worried someone will take advantage of mr shuk’s kindness, don’t have to worry

July 18, 2009 3:01 pm

REally nice!!
comment 15- LOVED IT!!

July 17, 2009 1:04 pm

Don’t know if you should sell the business! The Al-mighty has granted you a great Zechus. As our Rabbeim taught us, it is worth it for a Neshama to go through 60 or 70 years of tribulations here, just to do one Yid a favor. Now just imagine sustaining an entire Jewish family for a year. Now figure in all the other people that you’ve helped out in similar fashion. Where else could you accumulate a stack of Zechusim like that? It is obviously the will of the Al-mighty that your hidden deeds be revealed to the public at large.… Read more »

hope they survive & stay open...COMPETITION!!
July 17, 2009 12:48 pm

I understand that the owners have to sell because of all the choivers that people wrote down. I am not a regular customer (I haven’t shopped there in 2+ years) but I am bothered by the feeling I owe about $50, I don’t know if it’s right, but I will, bli neder, on Sunday call & ask & if it’s so, drop in the $$.. At the same time I must return the stuff i bought at another store which turned out to be not pas yisroel. I have no reason to believe this story is untrue. But Mr. Nobody,… Read more »

Very moving
July 17, 2009 11:42 am

there is hope…there are good people… I almost gave up….

Did someone die?
July 17, 2009 11:42 am

I thought our minhag is not to say a hesped.

To 40
July 17, 2009 11:42 am

You are pathetic. To be so cynical after reading of this kindness. I for one, know shlomi and have no doubt this story is true.
I feel sorry for you that you cant see the good itn life.

July 17, 2009 10:38 am

not chopped liver you at all.. u bt’s rock and most of ya are alot better in the head then some of us ‘ole ffb’s. Glad u had a good experience – hey empire kosher if ur readin hire this guy – he obviously left a mark on a # of folks 🙂

July 17, 2009 10:16 am

CH must learn from this….this is the first step in the right direction!

mzy hashem bless you Shloimie and your kind family!!!!
July 17, 2009 9:26 am
We are all nobodies to Hashem!
July 17, 2009 9:22 am

Why does being rich make u a somebody and why do shluchim overseas think they are better than others and think it’s normal to get speciall discounts? Are they better than everyone else and deserve it more?

to #40
July 17, 2009 9:12 am

you are such an i…. this story happenes every day in the shuk!
if you dont know, it dosnt mean its not happening.

July 17, 2009 9:01 am

“Task of the day: Get in touch with your somebody; say goodbye to your nobody.”

I love it!

To #40
July 17, 2009 8:48 am

A mench is a shpigel, dos vos er zet bai yenem hot er bai zich. This is an absolute truth. We tend to see others through our own perspective. About the other person – we may possibly be right – MAYBE! About ourselves – one hundred percent that we are what we see in others. Careful what you say about others, that yourself you’re looking at.

what time
July 17, 2009 8:43 am

what time is Shloimi there??? Im coming with my mishpocho??? Shabbos is here and men muz firen tisch.

How much??? fish chips meat and ice cream???

Pepsi and some israeli beer a bisel arbes — why not.

July 17, 2009 8:35 am

whats with the nobodys and somebodys! are you guys bored? what are you doing sitting on col and commenting on everthing 1000 times!?!?

July 17, 2009 8:16 am

I have no doubt that this is NOT A REAL LETTER. No reflection on the owner of the Shuk, but for whatever reason (politics? I have no idea), IT IS A MADE-UP STORY.

July 17, 2009 8:13 am

this story truely brought tears to my eyes.
hatzlacha and i hope you become really rich one day and can help others the way you were helped!!

Thanks For Sharing
July 17, 2009 8:05 am

From Nobody to Somebody in one Op-Ed. Well Done!

July 17, 2009 7:52 am

nice to hear there are still good people in this world -!!!

cry baby
July 17, 2009 7:51 am

brought tears to my eyes

July 17, 2009 7:49 am



July 17, 2009 7:34 am

Had I know this story before, i would have shopped at the Shuk to support such a great person and his even greater acts, even though i don’t like it there and I like Empire better.

to #28
July 17, 2009 7:11 am

tell that to people who work in a junk yard.

great che$$ed brings Mo$iach.

July 17, 2009 6:56 am

i pray this article doesnt cause that people would take advantage of him

Beautiful Story
July 17, 2009 6:48 am

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. Very inspiring.

Your struggles are very real and you would be surprised to find out how many people are in your boat.

The fact that you wrote this op-ed takes effort and conviction. I have been warmed by your story – as have many others.

May G-d bless you and your family so that you too, can ‘pull-a-shloimy’ on someone else who needs it, and to the shloimy – yasher koach may Hashem bless you ‘elef p’amim kacha’.

Thank you
July 17, 2009 6:39 am

Thank you for saying thank you and opening our eyes to the goodness that is all around us. May Hashem bless you because of this, and may He bless Shloimy many times over (as well as the countless others who do good even without being acknowledged).
C’mon people, let’s get more of these articles.

very special
July 17, 2009 6:30 am

This was a beautiful article. It is beautiful to hear about.

(just one question… if you were so broke… couldn’t you get food stamps? i know from experience- they’re a life saver!)

To Nobody!
July 17, 2009 6:28 am

Remember G-D don’t create no Junk!

There are so many people with good hearts!
July 17, 2009 6:27 am

This is just one example!
Crown Heightsers, nows the time to be proud of your community!
You are all a bunch of “Somebodys”
Moshiach is coming from all the chessed!!!!

someone specail
July 17, 2009 6:20 am

wow that is so special!
shlomie your a great guy

July 17, 2009 6:13 am

I had shopped at shlomy’s a few times a couple of years back when i was in ny for the kinus and simchas. Once i was with a family member who knew him and told him that i was on shlichus abroad. He immediately (at the checkout) said “it’s on the house.”
Well, i must have had over 200 dollars worth of stuff that day, but shlomy was gracious and refused any payment even when i tried to give him something.
May Hashem bench you will all your hearts desires.
A shlucha overseas

July 17, 2009 6:12 am


You're not a nobody
July 17, 2009 6:07 am

You are not a nobody – you are me and the next person. Anybody could be where you were, but for the grace of Hashem.
You’re a real mentsch for your hakoras hatoyv!

Tears in my eyes
July 17, 2009 5:59 am

There is a story told about a Yid who had to go to court for something. He wanted to prove his honesty, so brought a letter from the Chafetz Chaim to attest to his honesty. The Judge asked who is the Chafetz Chaim, that i dhould take his letter seriously, to which the lawyer replied, the Chaftez Chaim is someone who when sending letter to a place, and hears that someone is traveling in that direction, he asks the person to deliver the letter. However, the Chafetz Chaim still buys a Postage Stamp and throws it away, so that the… Read more »

Laaniyas Dayti
July 17, 2009 5:56 am

Reminds me of the dentist who didn’t take money from a galach. So the galach sent him a Bible.
Another galach sent him a tzeylem.
Then the Rabbi came – also no charge. He sent him another Rabbi.
Shloimy – be prepared.

A touched Shuk Member
July 17, 2009 5:56 am

I am a shuk fan! I shop there all the time, and Shloimy is an emample to all!

July 17, 2009 5:48 am

What a special story. Thank you for sharing! What a beautiful world it would be if there were more people like Shloimy.

to all the somebodies
July 17, 2009 5:45 am

when is it my turn to write an anoymous op-ed article.

Wow do I have something to write about the somebodies who are nobody but really think they are a piece of work?? HUH? when is it my turn.

from a nobody who started to think he is a somebody and finally realized he is a nobody unless he has some Ca$$$$h

tears in my eyes
July 17, 2009 5:36 am

Dear nobody,

You just became somebody!

By sharing such a moving story of true ahavas yisrael you are not just saying thank you to Shlomie publicly, you are also teaching us to be more giving…

May you continue to inspire others

Being a BT is a nobody?
July 17, 2009 5:35 am

You have made great strides, changes in your life so you are much more than me “ffb” who did not.

Nobody is a somebody
July 17, 2009 5:34 am

If you think you’re a nobody, you’re ersht a somebody. If you think you’re a somebody, you’re takeh a nobody. –Zohar If you consider the other guy a nobody, then you’re a nobody. If you consider him a somebody then you’re a somebody. –Pirkei Avot (guess where) If you think you’re a somebody because of your soul, which is a part of G-d, then your “somebodiness” is real and healthy. If you think your’re a somebody because of your body–or gezhe, or money, or dashing appearance — then your “somebodiness” is majorly weak and hides your real “somebodiness,” the somebodiness… Read more »

TO # 12 & # 13
July 17, 2009 5:33 am

Do not get over excited. The “lei-dig gayers, are about to wake up” and start with attack comment!

(I just realized, that this is exactly what I started myself, a negative comment.)

to #10 and #11
July 17, 2009 5:28 am

how true…

i was about to write the same thing…


July 17, 2009 5:27 am

I can’t believe my eyes….
People writing like “menchen” about each other!

This guy is hallucinating
July 17, 2009 5:27 am

Dear self-proclaimed BT, The reason you are a “nobody” has nothing to do with you being a BT, not ‘gezhe’, or from a working class home. First, having money or being born to a Russian family does not help you get a discount from a C.H. stores and pay less tuition for school. I doesn’t either make you a ‘somebody’. You were in the dumps and got 2 parking tickets not because “that’s how G-d planned it”! Don’t either blame you status it on your wife. (On a side note: how dare you call your wife a nobody when she… Read more »

July 17, 2009 5:25 am

Very touching. Boruch Hashem. Perfect story for the three weeks.

However I take issue with you keep repeating that you are a “nobody” since you are not gezhe, rich, etc. I think that the only people who think not being “gezhe” is an issue, are the people who are not “gezhe”. My family is officially “gezhe”, but most of us have married into non-gezhe families (including my Chassidishe mother who married a BT) and brought lots of nachas to the Rebbe through our work and shlichus.

You are a ‘nobody’ only in your own eyes. Please get over it.

vey touching
July 17, 2009 5:21 am

thanks for sharing….

July 17, 2009 5:14 am

True ahavas yisroel. And you are NOT nobody, on the contrary you are a very special somebody with a very special neshama and Shlomi recognized that.

July 17, 2009 5:11 am

Tears sprung to my eyes on reading this. Beautiful and heart warming.
May Hashem repay those who do good with only good in their lives. Amen.

Yasher Koach to Shlomi
July 17, 2009 5:08 am

Hashem will bentch you many many times over for your kindness and generosity!!!

Be Well
July 17, 2009 5:07 am

Hashem will bless you.

Very touching
July 17, 2009 5:04 am

I never knew that shlomi was like this.
Just shows how there are people out there who really are good, and they keep their kindness secret, which is an even bigger mitzvah.
May Hashem bless you with only good.

July 17, 2009 5:00 am

This brought tears to my eyes. This was written from the heart, and it is really sonmething. Inspiring. THANK YOU!!

Just when i was about to give up on crown heights...
July 17, 2009 4:59 am

Truly Inspirational…

crown heights
July 17, 2009 4:57 am

Very touching i totely understand you
my wife and i work and cant make it finacely too i know how you feel some time we dont even have money for food to put on our table.