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NEW YORK (VIN Podcast) — Are frum Jews living a lifestyle that is too extravagant? Are we spending too much on simchas, cars, travel, and other luxuries? Why are we so enamored with material wealth?
Rav Ephraim Wachsman shlit’a gave a stirring speech, urging people to live within their means and not overspend.
In this podcast episode, Yaakov M plays clips of Rav Wachsman’s speech, and provides his own analysis.
The Rav said the “most universally loathed Jewish gathering” is a vort, calling it a ridiculous waste of time and money.
Rav Wachsman said that it is time “to declare war on this terrorism”, urging people to not make fancy vorts and upsherins and other parties that they cannot afford to make.
The Rav emphasized that the need and desire to keep up with others and to amass material wealth does not reflect Jewish and Torah values.
He said that it is “choking the soul out of us”.
Rav Wachsman urged people to not succumb to the social pressure. He said, “Just don’t make a [fancy] vort…put down some pieces of cake.”
In the latest episode of the VIN Podcast, listen to clips of Rav Wachsman’s powerful and inspiring speech, and a thought-provoking analysis of his life-changing advice.
Yaakov M has hosted a podcast for 15 years, studied in Kollel 14 years, was a Bais Medrash Rebbi over a decade, and obtained smicha from a top Rosh Yeshiva. (Opinion do not necessarily reflect Daas Torah.) If you’re tired of boring or fake news, you will love this podcast.