Simplicity as a Jewish Value: Reclaiming and Reconstructing Sumptuary Legislation

By Moti Rieber

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Spring 2005

The author argues that Judaism has a long history of encouraging modesty in consumption and of cultivating contentment with one's standard of living. The author examines a few brief examples of these sumptuary laws, and then suggests ways in which this perspective can be effectively brought into our contemporary Jewish communities.

Topic: Reconstructionist Judaism, Consumerism, Rabbinic Counseling, Jewish Text, Community Development

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.69/No.2

Page Number(s): 41-48

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Rieber, Moti. Simplicity as a Jewish Value: Reclaiming and Reconstructing Sumptuary Legislation. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Spring 2005: 41-48. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4766


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