Category Archives: Consumerism

On money, stuff and renunciation.

Caryn Aviv
February 28, 2012

In these days of foreclosures, high unemployment, and increasing poverty, a focus on consumption might be considered a frivolous pastime for the upper middle classes.   But this month’s Sh’ma really provoked a reckoning with some uncomfortable truths.  And wherever we might stand on the socioeconomic class ladder, I think it’s a good opportunity to ask: More »


God’s To Do List

Emily Goldberg
February 27, 2012

If you were to look around at the Jewish world in which we live, would you be pleased? Would you see everything you ever dreamed of? A perfect world bereft of ignorance, selfishness, and intolerance? Most likely not. Unfortunately, such an ideal life would require tireless effort, true selflessness and dialogue that the average person More »


Ethical Eating

Zoe Jick
February 20, 2012

The following is an excerpt from the introduction to my senior thesis for the religion department at Wesleyan University. The title of this essay is “The Jewish Relationship to Ethical Food,” and throughout the esssay, I point to moments where Judaism and values of ethical consumption converge in the act of eating. “When I began learning to More »


YHVH’s Heart-On: A (Mildly Cynical) Parable

Jake Goodman
February 16, 2012

Once upon a time, it happened (or it didn’t) that a god named YHVH (sp?) ran for President.  The terrain was tough: the electorate was apathetic, voter-turn out was expected to be dismal (hardly surprising given all the voter restrictions) and the field was already packed with establishment favorites (Ra, Isis, Osiris and Horus) who More »