This is the definition of resilience. Just two months after the tragic Paris kosher supermarket shooting that killed four and injured others, the supermarket–Hyper Cacher–reopened last Sunday.
The store is running with an entirely new staff, because those who were present are still recovering on sick leave. The new manager, Laurent Mimount, proudly wore his black kippah on opening day.
We are thinking about all the victims, this has been the driver behind reopening the shop.”
The Jan. 9 attack is thought to be related to the Charlie Hebdo attack two days prior, where 12 magazine staffers were gunned down in their office by religious extremists.
Reopening this store is no small undertaking–financially or otherwise. It takes an immense amount of courage to stand proudly as a Jewish business when the devastating effects of anti-Semitism and religious intolerance in general loom over us all. The employees of Hyper Cacher and the Jewish community it serves are not allowing fear to dictate their lives. They are instead renewing their commitment to providing kosher food for everyone, and I commend them for it.