Toy Story: The $17,500 Birthday Bash

Publication Date: July 2009

Publisher: National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Author(s): Andrew Silow-Carroll

Research Area: Culture and religion

Keywords: Jewish Values; Ritual; Economy

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


After reading about a $17,500 birthday party that one of his children's Jewish classmates recently held in a Toy Store, the author analyzes Jewish values in accordance with the great amount of wealth that many Jewish families possess today. The author asserts that Jewish people work hard for their money, and also give back to the needy through means of tzedakah. Because of this, it is fine to occasionally indulge in one's own wealth. However, those blessed with such an abundant amount of wealth must act responsibly and use it as a means for dignity and justice.