Saturday, 20 August 2011 22:35

covetousness and contentment

Written by rabbi russ resnik

art-ishopKeep your lives free from the love of money; and be satisfied with what you have; for God himself has said, “I will never fail you or abandon you.” Hebrews 13:5 CJB

My comments on frugality earlier this year emphasized the limited resources of our planet and the mitzah of sharing more with those in need. These are worthy reasons to practice frugality and be free from the love of money, of course, but now I’d like to consider the root of frugality, which is contentment, or being satisfied with what we already have, so that we’re not constantly coveting more.

Saturday, 20 August 2011 22:17

frugality as responsibility

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-groceriesI met someone recently who told me that she only spends $100 a month on food for herself. I was shocked. She explained that most people don’t believe her when she tells them, but the truth is that she was taught by her family how to buy food in such a way that it lasts quite a long time.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011 08:58

frugality isn't cheapness

Written by rabbi michael schiffman

art-bargainsThose of you who know me, know that over five months ago, I underwent gastric surgery. During that time, I have lost about 75 pounds.

Friday, 20 May 2011 13:59

eternal investments

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-stocksFrugality is not only about saving much and spending little (though both are connected). Investment is an integral component of frugality.

Saturday, 19 February 2011 20:07

think outside the bottle

Written by rabbi russ resnik

art-waterbottlesA few years back, my son Daniel converted me away from bottled water. I had thought that drinking pure and healthy water was an act of environmental awareness, but he helped me see it the other way around. Spending resources to make little bottles that could only hold one long drink, to put water into those bottles, ship them all around the country, put them on shelves and sell them one by one, could hardly be corrected just by recycling the bottles after we used them. Better to stick with plain old tap water, or tap water we filter ourselves, and a reusable bottle that might last years.

Thursday, 17 February 2011 10:21

blessing of gratitude

Written by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld

art-mortgage“Please, Lord our God, do not make us dependent on the gifts or loans of other people, but only on Your full, open, holy and generous hand…” -- The Koren Sacks Siddur, p.982

It is a mitzvah to bless God before and after meals. The order of Birkat HaMazon takes us on a journey through various modes of thanksgiving as we see above from the third blessing, the blessing for Jerusalem.

Friday, 19 November 2010 13:22

and to keep it

Written by rebbetzin malkah

art-recycleAnd the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and to keep it. --Genesis 2:15

Friday, 19 November 2010 12:57

the portion in my cup

Written by rebbetzin malkah

art-kiddushcupThe Hebrew word for frugality is keemutz.  Keemutz translates to thrift, economizing, frugality, retrenchment.

Friday, 19 November 2010 10:39

pursue frugality

Written by rabbi russ resnik

art-tzedakah2Righteousness or justice resounds as a theme throughout Torah and into the rest of the Scriptures, but nowhere does it sound more clearly than in three Hebrew words in Deuteronomy—tzedek tzedek tirdof: “Justice, justice you shall pursue.”

Monday, 11 October 2010 12:47

questions to ask yourself

Written by riverton mussar

art-questionsUse these questions to evaluate your day:

  1. What were the "seeds" that started to affect your ability to be frugal today?
  2. Think of how you used the resources around you (money, natural, etc..). Did you squander them, or were you excessive in their use?
  3. Is there an area where you struggle with frugality (clothing, technology, trinkets, food, alcohol, etc..)? Do you have a plan to curb your habits?
  4. If you were on the verge of losing your frugality but instead won, what did you employ that worked?
  5. Were you able to use prayer or meditation to help you through the circumstances?

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