Cheapskate Wisdom from … Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

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“Rabbis should be thundering from the pulpit that extravagant weddings are not only a betrayal of a sense of personal inadequacy, but are an abrogation of Jewish values. You’re so rich? Then impress your friends by giving the money to charity.”

Read more of Boteach calling out glitzy, over-the-top weddings and Bar and Bat Mitzvahs as “embarrassing” and “ridiculous” exercises that give kids “a shallow external identity based on money and objects” at the Huffington Post. Here’s another zinger:

Keeping up with the Schwartz’s has become a cancer that threatens to kill off the flickering Jewish soul. How ironic that a people who have for centuries survived forced baptisms are now drowning in an ocean of profligacy.

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