Do frum Jews have an excessively opulent lifestyle? Do we overspend on simchas, automobiles, vacations, and other luxuries?
Why are we so obsessed with having material things?
In a moving lecture, Rav Ephraim Wachsman shlita urged listeners to live within their means and refrain from excessive spending.
Yaakov M plays excerpts from Rav Wachsman’s address in this podcast edition and offers his own commentary.
A vort, according to the Rav, is the “most universally despised Jewish gathering” and is a pointless waste of time and resources.
Rav Wachsman urged people to forgo extravagant vorts, upsherins, and other celebrations they cannot afford to host, declaring that it is necessary to “declare war on this terrorism.”
The Rav highlighted that material wealth accumulation and the need and desire to keep up with others do not reflect Jewish or Torah ideals.
It is “choking the soul out of us,” he claimed.
Rav Wachsman admonished people not to give in to peer pressure. Just don’t build a [fancy] vort, and place some cake pieces down, he commanded.