Untruth in Advertising

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5 Responses

  1. Yehoshua Friedman says:

    I know of a few prominent rabbis (Rav Burstein of Machon Puah, Rav Tal of Torah Hachaim, the Gerer Rebbe) who have gone against this trend, holding simchas with a limited budget, but the world goes on its merry way. Of course a simcha here in EY can still be much simpler and cheaper for many more guests than you can do it in America. Would you like to say something about how to go about bucking the trend?

  2. tzippi says:

    RS, I don’t think you’re overanalyzing the ad copy; that’s why the MBAs get the big bucks. I have long wondered what the halachic ramifications of some ads are, whether it’s the scare tactics or false assurances (“make sure your tefillas haderech will be effective if you give…”) or the creation of desires where none existed before. The Chofetz Chaim used to take his sefarim off the market particularly during yom tov seasons as people had more pressing needs to spend their money on.

  3. joel rich says:

    It would seem this is not viewed as a top community priority – think of all the resources that go into anti lashon hara efforts and how many go into promoting a lifestyle of tzniut.


  4. tzippi says:

    Re #1, if you want to know how to go about bucking the trend, the answer is, you buck the trend. (The next question is, what if bucking the trend – e.g. having a simple bar mitzvah seuda in the home, or a wedding with a cold food reception, one man band, and family style serving is still beyond one’s means.)

  5. Chaim Fisher says:

    Charedi world getting too gashmi for you? No problem. Help is on the way.

    Take a look at Rabbi Rosenblum’s column underneath this one on Cross Currents. Poverty is rampant and growing, at least in Israel’s large branch of the Charedi world. No more money for flash no.

    Perhaps this is how HaShem helps us fix our problem with being distracted by gashmiut!

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