It was broadcast just days after it came to light that a member of the Lakewood, New Jersey Orthodox Jewish community was charged with allegedly scamming his neighbors out of over $300 million. Two of the guests on the show were Rabbi Benjamin Blech and Associate Dean Linda Friedman of the Zicklin School of Business at CUNY-Baruch College. While the guests covered the issues with clarity and detail, I was personally saddened by many of the callers who called the live show to justify many of the criminal activities by saying how expensive it is to be Jewish and observant in the NYC area. The guests were outraged by many of the comments and reiterated that the ends don’t justify the means.
It is costly to be Jewish. And here is a case in point that hits me in my wallet. Many of you are aware that one of the hottest fads among kids is to wear and play with SillyBandz and their knock-offs, those plastic bracelets that form various animal, plant, auto, and other shapes. In most stores, these sell for $2 for 10-20 shapes, or about 10-20 cents per shape.But what about the bandz that target the Jewish community? The â€œJewishâ€ themed bracelets sell for about $5 for 5 â€“ 10 shapes, or 50 cents to $1 per shape. Such injustice! Once again, an example of how it costs a lot to be Jewish. Whether it is kosher food, school tuition, synagogue and institutional memberships, and silly band bracelets, it is expensive to be Jewish. 🙂