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Brooklyn Jeweler’s Plea Goes Viral

Watch: A plea by Simcha Minkowitz of Amor Fine Jewelry in Boro Park went viral and led a petition to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo to allow small businesses to operate like "big box" stores. Full Story, Video

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I feel for her but...
May 17, 2020 8:39 pm

The bodegas on the corners open, JC Penny and Bloomingdales are not. It’s not about small vs. large it’s about whether they sell essential supplies.

Reply to  I feel for her but...
May 17, 2020 9:05 pm

Omg couldn’t have said it better myself! I’m so frustrated at the new attitude of why not me?! I mean people if we want this to end then we need to follow the rules, its tough for everyone!! Everyone is hurting we need to realize that and move on. It’s all on hashem’s hands at the end of the day

Reply to  Truth!
May 17, 2020 9:35 pm

It’s essential for someone to make a living to feed their children. Should people die of starvation or social distance in a store. I think the answer I quite simple.

Reply to  Hello
May 18, 2020 12:57 am

If they can’t support their families, how are they going to afford the essentials? Seriously people

Enough. Time to go back to work.
Reply to  Truth!
May 17, 2020 11:12 pm

The Rules to follow were set in the Constitution of The United States of America. What we are following now are whims and fiats of progressive tyrants who have an agenda to pursue without a second thought about whatever happens to their citizens. We listened. We followed the rules. We “flattened the curve”. We “mitigated”. Why in heaven’s name are we still on “pause”? Keeping businesses closed is no longer about saving lives. You want to save lives? For REAL? Then let people go back to work, earn a living, get some sun and fresh air, build up their immunity,… Read more »

Non essentials remain closed for the common good.
Reply to  Enough. Time to go back to work.
May 18, 2020 8:40 pm

“The liberty secured by the Constitution of the United States to every person within its jurisdiction does not import an absolute right in each person to be, at all times and in all circumstances, wholly freed from restraint. There are manifold restraints to which every person is necessarily subject for the common good. On any other basis organized society could not exist with safety to its members.”

-United States Supreme Court, 1905, Jacobson v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Reply to  Enough. Time to go back to work.
May 26, 2020 6:37 am

I appreciate what you wrote and it resonated with me. I just don’t understand why more people don’t see that this COVID thing has been blown out or proportion. Yes people died, yes its seroius, but this is bringing the country to its knees because of politics. Something does not jive.

Reply to  Truth!
May 19, 2020 8:14 pm

If the governors in the blue states are so concerned about the virus spreading why did they put patients with the virus into nursing homes throughout their states?

Her life is essential
Reply to  I feel for her but...
May 17, 2020 9:13 pm

Who cares if you are essentiall are not, if you can keep proper social distancing, your livelihood shouldnt be destroyed.

You're right
Reply to  I feel for her but...
May 17, 2020 9:28 pm

But it still doesn’t make sense. It’s much easier to control the spread of a virus in a small business than it is in Walmart with tons of people.

Big business vs small
Reply to  I feel for her but...
May 17, 2020 10:31 pm

It’s impossible to ignore the fact that we’ve built an economy (or allowed it to become) favorable to larger business with deep pockets. This isn’t something new under Corona, but a problem going back a few decades where a Walmart or a Costco comes into a community and wipes out hundreds of small businesses. This is exasperated every time there’s a recession, the small guy gets wiped out and can’t come back, while the large company can get capital to weather the storm. Government policies HELP this. Then when someone calls it out, we call them out as “socialists” without… Read more »

Reply to  I feel for her but...
May 17, 2020 11:31 pm

This is not about essential supplies…

It’s about cultivating a mindset that entrepreneurs should be “punished” (like children) because entrepreneurship epitomizes capitalism. Punish the entrepreneur, because in the socialist dogma, “big” is good – big government, big school systems that teach government-approved facts, big chain stores (eventually government owned) – since “big” allows for more surveillance. “Small” thinks for itself.

Neurolingustic programming (NLP) is being used with terms such as “safe” and “protected” – these are words meant to turn you into a well-behaving child (sorry, citizen).

Costco vs the Jeweler
Reply to  I feel for her but...
May 20, 2020 8:03 pm

Why is it okay for a customer to walk into Costco with hundreds of other people in the building just to purchase Jewerly and this Jeweler can’t let in one customer at a time?

She is right
May 17, 2020 8:56 pm

The small business is suffering! I feel for all of them! All politicians have an agenda that is NOT about our health

I feel for her ...but
May 17, 2020 9:17 pm

Sounds like every politician… No, you politicians dont feel us hurting, U still have a job, U dont have kids running around your Brooklyn apartment..
Enough the numbers have gone down dramatically and it’s time to start opening up shop!

Esther and Yitzchok Michael
May 17, 2020 9:28 pm

I feel for her All the way. Why shouldn’t she and her husband be able to open up their business. They need to make a living and support their six children.

Who get to decide what and who is essential?
May 17, 2020 9:33 pm

Her point is; now that the curve has flattened, why is your need to be able to buy food at the corner store deem it essential so as to allow for the store to be open, but her need (and the 10,000’s of small store owners) to have money so that she can pay for the food, not essential?

I get it but...
May 17, 2020 9:47 pm

why not open by appointment, in the current climate people are not really going into jewelry stores or anywhere else for that matter just to browse…. Wishing you hatzalach and strength to overcome this!

Shes right!!
May 17, 2020 9:55 pm

Don’t pick and choose it doesn’t make sense,I’ve seen in park store a bicycle store open with a big line of people outside.is that essential??!!

She can't!
May 17, 2020 10:22 pm

She can not open her business, she does not give millions of dollars to politicians every year!
It’s not fair to the big companies that pay for laws that make them untouchable and monopolistic. if she wants to open she’ll just have to bribe the politicians as all the big companies do!

The big corporations
Reply to  She can't!
May 18, 2020 12:25 pm

are not being allowed to open. They are being given money, which comes from taxes which middle class people who own small businesses contribute a much greater rate than the wealthy. The demand from small businesses should not be to open but to get the bailout they deserve.

Reply to  The big corporations
May 19, 2020 3:34 pm

There is a difference between the money the Gov. steals from you and bribes

we're all essential
May 17, 2020 10:24 pm

All businesses are essential, to the people who own them and have to feed their families.

May 17, 2020 10:34 pm

Just wondering why they don’t make appointments one at a time ? I mean people don’t come browse for jewelry for no reason . Unless I’m hopelessly naive ?! Let her open by appointment only . Once the whole avenue opens then this virus will get back in it’s deadly track . Stores should open for appointment not for browsing pleasure .

I understand where she’s coming from but....
May 17, 2020 10:59 pm

She definitely has a point 100% but all the stores she mentioned are considered essential businesses and unfortunately hers is not-simply. There are many things happening right now to help small businesses so she can apply for those programs andddd selling online is an option

Just to address this
Reply to  I understand where she’s coming from but....
May 18, 2020 10:44 am

Ok , so these loans are really helpful for payroll cuz the point of that gov help is that ppl should be fired . It doesn’t help with fixed costs that a business has.
So that means things like Mortgage etc.
if you don’t have employees , ( or even if you do ) the loans don’t help with most things

Open & sell potato chips and seltzer in your store
May 17, 2020 11:20 pm

Why not bring a case of potato chips and seltzer to the store and sell those?
Once you’re open you can sell jewelry as well just like the other stores selling food also sell many (or even more) other non essential items.

Good for her
May 17, 2020 11:30 pm

Good for her that she made her own video and put it out there along with family members who’s relatives were victim’s of the hospital abuse. It’s best not to depend on the mainstream frum publications to be our advocates yet we advocate for ourselves and sometimes the story gets published. Many people feel the way she does find they are not given a voice until they do so for themselves!

if they can set up measures in target size stores
May 17, 2020 11:37 pm

they can definitely set it up in small stores

Yakov Kirschenbaum
May 18, 2020 12:19 am


I think this presentation would be better if she would make her point without being combative or accusatory. (The video is pretty good until a certain point where it becomes combative). The point is that she’s requesting that stores which can completely adhere to social distancing should be allowed to be open even if they’re not essential. That itself is a strong case. There’s no need to mix in anything else.

13th Avenue
May 18, 2020 10:49 am

Her store is on 13th Avenue. The place is basically open with each store making its own guidelines. If Amor opens and allows one customer in at a time she will not be penalized. The shoe stores and toy stores are open!

I think a lot of you are getting it wrong...
May 18, 2020 12:23 pm

The government should be bailing out all small businesses. Not the rich giant corporations. Most of the money that should’ve gone to help people who run small businesses went to giant rich corporations. So instead of insisting that you open your business and potentially endanger lives, insist that the government actually bail out small businesses and stop giving tax cuts and bailouts to the extremely wealthy.

The government hasn't learnt much
May 18, 2020 9:35 pm

Does the government not remember the Great Depression? It would seem not, because the government is acting exactly like Hoover did back in the day. Too little and (hopefully not) too late. The government should learn from mistakes , and not repeat them, Don’t cause another depression.

Reply to  The government hasn't learnt much
May 19, 2020 6:52 pm

You make a good point.

May 19, 2020 1:32 am

Look when we were all out the virus was spreading much faster, there’s a reason it calmed down, it did a lot of long lasting damage to people and many people lost their lives, I don’t think you realize this thing isn’t a joke! It’s nothing just America did, if you look around you naive people the whole world shut down, and yes those places that worked along and weren’t “aiber chochoms”

May 19, 2020 5:22 am

I think they’re going to let her reopen on November 4th if Joe Biden wins

Reply to  David
May 20, 2020 8:09 pm

He won’t win but you’re correct about NOV 4

Demonkrouts are trying to destroy the economy to blame Trump.

Sara Cohen
May 24, 2020 6:59 pm

Sorry bikes are essential bc kids are going crazy with no school and for their sanity they need fresh air.