Shliach to Brooklyn Heights, Rabbi Aaron Raskin went shopping simply to “make a stand” against an anti-Israel demonstration. Rabbi Raskin publicly bought Ahava cosmetic products, making a stand in support of Israel
BROOKLYN — One of Brooklyn Heights’s most-influential Jewish leaders fought back against an anti-Israel rally last Friday by doing what influential rabbis do in such situations: he bought cosmetics.
Rabbi Aaron Raskin of Congregation B’nai Avraham picked up some Ahava products at Ricky’s cosmetics shop on Montague Street just a few days after the store was picketed by protesters claiming that selling the West-Bank-made lotions supported Israel’s “illegal” occupation of the West Bank.
Raskin said he did his shopping simply to “make a stand” against the protesters. He also e-mailed his 2,000-person congregation urging members to support Ricky’s and Israel by buying Ahava goods, which are made in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.
“It is inescapable to see [the protest] as anything other than an expression of anti-Semitism,” Raskin said in the e-mail.
On Tuesday, he made his purchases and even blessed the staff of the hipster cosmetic store on the way out.
“Anyone who buys Israeli products, including Ricky’s, will receive many blessings,” he said.