December 3, 2019
by Tzvi Schnee
Materialism is the curse of modern society; it reaches its pitch in the haze of holiday shopping, beginning on Black Friday. While the day of Thanksgiving should generate feelings of gratitude for life’s simple treasures, the day after Thanksgiving should continue in the same spirit. Rather, for some, the good intentions of the holiday have been rerouted, if not entirely thrown off course by the heights of consumerism.
Instead of being thankful for what we have, as symbolized by family and friends sitting together at a table, replete with all the trimmings of a homemade Thanksgiving meal, the pangs of commercialism saturate some consumers thoughts, creating a mindset of depletion, that leads to the illusion of the void in their lives, being filled with something material. Rather, we should be grateful for G-d’s provision, in acknowledgment of His blessings that may be found in our lives, each and every day, when we search in our hearts for the signs of His providence.
“Give thanks unto the L-RD; for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever.”
– 1 Chronicles 16:34, JPS 1917 Tanach