This Tuesday night, Motzoei Pesach, is known as “Rumpelnacht” in some Yiddishe circles - and for good reason. It is one of the most hectic nights on the Jewish calendar, with frum families in chutz la’aretz putting away their Pesach dishes and other Yom Tov items and taking out the chometzdike items. It’s the night of “turning back” after having “turned over” just two weeks earlier.
In many communities, much of the post-Yom Tov activity takes place in local supermarkets, as Yidden stock up on chometzdike items to refill their pantries. Especially busy in certain communities are non-Jewish owned supermarkets, where Yidden can buy chometzdike products without fear of them being chometz she’avar olov haPesach.
In quite a number of communities, much effort by local rabbonim and others is expended to ensure that no deliveries are received on Yom Tov from Jewish distributors such as C&S. Brooklyn, Monsey and Lakewood are just three of many areas that have such arrangements, with locals making sure that the items being sold on Motzoei Yom Tov were not in Jewish possession during the chag.
In Lakewood, the local ShopRite store, located on Madison Avenue at West Kennedy Blvd., is non-Jewish owned. Wakefern, ShopRite’s distributor, is part-owned by Jews and their chometz is sold through Rav Teitz of Elizabeth. Reb Moshe Chomsky of ShopRite’s Kosher Experience in Lakewood makes sure that a large quantity of chometzdike items are already on premises before Yom Tov so that they’re in the possession of a non-Jew before Pesach.
Reb Moshe keeps a log of exactly how much was brought into the Lakewood ShopRite store before Yom Tov. If he finds after Yom Tov that there’s more of that item than they had recorded - which means that it was delivered on Yom Tov - that item doesn’t get placed on the shelf.
ShopRite is prepared for a big crowd on Motzoei Yom Tov, and to allow easier and less-stressful shopping, Matzav.com has confirmed with store management, the store will not close for a full 24 hours following Yom Tov, remaining open throughout the night into Wednesday morning. Pallets of food staples will be placed out on the floor of the store to make them more accessible, and all the registers will be manned throughout the night.
Interestingly, to comprehend the tremendous frum buying power at the Lakewood ShopRite, Matzav.com has learned that of the 240 some odd ShopRite stores in the United States, the Lakewood ShopRite sells more Coca Cola that any one of them. There are a number of other items, including diapers and cereal, that sell in greater quantity at Lakewood’s ShopRite than at any other branch in the country due to the growth of the frum community.