Extravagant Simchas Distort Jewish Values

By Reuben E. Gross

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, December 9, 1994

Reuben E. Gross argues there is a problem of conspicuous consumption in the Jewish rituals of weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and other such occasions. He suggests that Jews should spend their money on Jewish education, tzedakah, and political and social efforts that support Israel. He states that the current projections of the American economy and the adherence to Jewish values should converge, and dictate the need for individual and communal rejection of materialistic excesses. Gross believes that the Jewish community can communicate their love of and commitment to Judaism, to their children by emphasizing the beauty and meaning of these simchas.

Topic: Ritual, Generational Issues, Consumerism, Values

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Cardin, Nina Beth

Volume/Issue: Vol.25/no.483

Page Number(s): 6-8

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Gross, Reuben E. Extravagant Simchas Distort Jewish Values. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 9 December 1994: 6-8. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8059


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