Discussion Guide - Discussion Guide - Consumerism

February 1, 2012
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  1. What are our moral obligations as consumers? For example, in a more globalized economy, how do we take into account the conditions of manufacturing what we buy? Are we, as individuals, what we own?
  2. What is the changing relationship between production and consumption? Is the Jewish community — by way of independent minyanim and a host of other indie nonprofits — experiencing a blurring between those who “produce” Jewish experiences, learning, etc. and those who “consume” them?
  3. What is the impact of the growing costs of “doing” or “consuming” Jewish — from synagogue membership to day school tuition? Are Jewish ritual practices being transformed by a consumer spirit?
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  1. The role of faith and consumerism is fascinating, and I look forward to follow-ups and additional thoughts.

    For me, it’s been a process of identifying the difference between those things I want and the things I need. Not that there is something wrong with want, but it is secondary.

    My wife and I have seen watched as status in our Jewish community is conferred on personal possession rather than community enrichment. We try to teach our family that what you do is more important than what you have.

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