Extravagant Weddings

Is it okay to spend loads of money on a private affair?

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(46) Sarah Rivka :), February 10, 2014 8:56 PM

priorities

I think, in retrospect, that if you want to spend lots of money for your child's marriage it should be for practical things like renting an apartment or paying tuition for further career training, rather than for a one-day extravaganza.

(45) MABSH"Y, February 6, 2014 2:21 PM

Parnassah for others

While my own wedding was modest (And I hope the same for my children), don't forget that the family's spending on the wedding isn't just throwing the money away. The money is going for parnassah for the caterer and his staff, the florist, the musicians, the dressmaker, the baker, he videographer, the shul or hall where the event is set, the printer of the bentschers, etc. These people depend upon affairs so that they can put food on their own table, send their kids to yeshiva, and pay for all their other needs. Without affairs, they would be struggling.

Something to think about.

(44) Sanford ("Sandy") & Chana Goodman, February 2, 2014 5:58 PM

It's not the wedding, but the marriage that counts

A few years after we got married one lady who attended our wedding complimented us on how nice of an affair we had.

Our wedding wasn’t extravagant. We had a regular chuppah and we had a buffet luncheon with a reception with a one man band for the dancing plus the sheva brochos.

We thanked her for the compliment and said to her what’s more important is that we have a very harmonious marriage. She agreed with us that it’s not the wedding, but the marriage that counts.

While a person has a right to make extravagant wedding or any other simcha celebration, it really is very inappropriate to do so because it could easily initiate jealousy from those who are not quite as fortunate. We do agree that the extra money could be utilized for something more worthwhile.

We have seen too many “Hollywood weddings” where the cake lasts longer than the marriage.

Sandy & Chana Goodman, Dallas Texas

(43) Anonymous, January 28, 2014 1:27 AM

The Rabbi is right...once again!

By throwing these extravagant weddings/simchas, what you accomplish is helping people transgress the terrible Sin of "Lo Sachmod" - Do not covet. If you were blessed with affluence, spend it on needy charities. Have a nice simcha, but be considerate of those who cannot afford such elaborate affairs

(42) Dana, January 27, 2014 3:20 AM

The only reason it is wrong is bc we are in economic times where ppl are struggling. And you never know who is struggling. I've met middle class ppl who have worked their whole life and now have challenges. So...that's my take, at least for now.

(41) Anonymous, January 26, 2014 8:35 AM

How one spends money reflects their values.

Richard, January 26, 2014 7:12 PM

Agree

Rabbi, totally agree. It's actually loshon hora to be opulent. Thank you for pointing this out.

(40) Anonymous, January 26, 2014 6:25 AM

I totally agree with Yaakov Salamon. We all need to tone down our simchas and make them simpler

(39) Eli Ohav, January 26, 2014 1:46 AM

Who's to judge?

I am curious what are the qualifications that allow one to publicly judge how people spend their money?
Perhaps we should focus more on how people, starting with myself, get their money.

(38) SusanE, January 25, 2014 11:55 PM

No to vulgar displays of wealth at religious events.

Have a huge party if you want to spend lots of money and show extravagance and wealth. Have a lot of parties if you like. Invite famiy and friends. spend hundreds of thousands if you want. Who doesn't love a big party? - - - - - - - - - Big shows such as these have no place at a wedding or a Bar Mitzva. These are religious ceremonies and should be done with taste and refinement and restraint. The most meaningful weddings are thoughtful and beautiful and about the marriage of the couple.

(37) Beth, January 25, 2014 5:41 PM

Positive View: celebration spending provides living for providers

2013 daughter married in February, son in April. I know the situation very well.
I understand and am sympathetic to the "don't flaunt it" viewpoint, but there is also a positive side. What is spent translates instantly into a living (paid work) for others -- the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker.
Should someone who has the money refrain from spending it and thereby deprive others of the chance to earn an honest days' pay?

(36) Anna, January 25, 2014 2:12 AM

I suspect that with these huge and extravagant weddings, the aim is not always to be benevolent but to show off. Even if I had the money, I wouldn't do it. A friend's wedding was open to all comers, but they had coffee and wedding cake for anyone who cared to come and the meal was just for family and very close friends. The bride's sister made the BEAUTIFUL dress. I wasn't at all put out to be one of the coffee and cake lot ! It was a lovely wedding, and didn't cost a fortune.And the people were there because they were friends, not because someone wanted to impress them.

(35) miriam, January 24, 2014 6:23 PM

We should tune it down

If you have money to spend think wisly tone it down by

spending some for the benefit of other that will make it lavish

(34) Anonymous, January 24, 2014 4:04 PM

Who should judge what is extravagant?

Went to a nice kosher meat restaurant last night with my daughter to celebrate my birthday. The bill came to $120.oo with tip. To some that might be extravagant. The waiters, chef and owner were so grateful to have us. Must I buy an inexpensive car or take a modest vacation? Isn't the term modest relative and doesn't spreading the money around make life better for everyone? What we spend money on doesn't necessarily preclude charitable giving; you will give as well if that is your morality. I don't like to look at other people's bank books and their spending choices are a private matter as long as they can afford it.

(33) Alex, January 24, 2014 2:52 PM

Breshiet 21:8

It says when Isaac was weened avraham avian made a great feast. Avraham was also one of the wealthiest men, but because of great miracle he decided to thank Hashem in a very public way. I ask, is a large wedding or Brit, etc. any different? Unfortunately, this is where the answer lies, I feel. Avraham made the feast purely lshaim shamiyim, while when we do it most of the time, it is keep up with the Jones's; our yetzer hara craves the gashmiut, etc. however, there are those who truly do want want to thank Hashem. In truth, who are we to judge what other people do? Is Hashem not the greatest judge? I think we should stay out of other people's business.

(32) Ari, January 24, 2014 12:28 PM

Who can judge?

A few points to think about:
1) I like to think that I would have a modest wedding for my children.
But then again, as some others have pointed out, 'modest' is a relative term. What might seem normal for some would be way out of others' league financially.
2) I don't know what sort of temptations I would have if I was well to do. Each person has his own inner struggles to deal with that some others can't understand.
3) People argue that the money could better be spent on charity. Agreed. But would they have spent the money on charity, or just made a modest affair and then spent the money on a fancy vacation
4) there are many people who make a living out of these affairs. For the musicians, caterers, waiters and photographers, making our simchas are their way of putting bread on the table for their families.
Perhaps we need to learn not to judge others and focus a bit more on ourselves.

(31) chavie, January 24, 2014 4:18 AM

Why focus on simchas/celebrations? Boruch Hashem we should merit to only have more and more. Simchas are beautiful and guests are graciously hosted. Many have an evening out that they could never afford. I look at a lavish simcha as someone who wants to give his guests an enjoyable time and appreciates that they took the effort to come out for his family and share in his joy. When people have ostentatious homes that are huge over three lots and witnessed daily - perhaps you should direct your ideas there. But it is still their choice and we have to respect that. Let's just take care of our own neshamas and fargin others. Everyone has their priorities. I'm tired of well to do people commenting on how simple they make their affairs when they just spend their money on their own selves. I'm also tired of going to weddings and circling blocks and blocks because the valet "wasn't necessary" Consider the guest who arrives after work and how he feels searching for parking. At lavish affairs, they are sharing and being benevolent. Just lighten up and enjoy it! Let's just all take care of ourselves and not focus on others. Go to the simcha , enjoy and think of the generosity of the hosts. Mazel tov on your simcha. Kein yirbu.

(30) Anonymous, January 24, 2014 3:20 AM

Even if I had the money I would not do it

I hear people spennd $300,000 for a wedding. $200,000 for a watch. This is not right.
Why not give the money to the sick, poor and the organizations that need it?
I do not understand

(29) Rivka, January 24, 2014 3:12 AM

It's Hashem's money...

What if Hashem asked you: "Do you really bellieve that your simcha was greater and had more kedusha because you spent so much more?"

(28) Anonymous, January 24, 2014 2:38 AM

It's a wedding, it's a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, not a circus

That says it all.

(27) Rachel, January 24, 2014 2:31 AM

Who decides?

I have been to weddings of all different sizes and levels of expense. The one thing I found horrifying was a friend's story: "My buddy told me they're not inviting us because we decided to have a smaller wedding but with more expensive catering and a fancier venue"!

I would add (and let me say first that I'm a lifelong Democrat/ liberal) that large parties provide work for dozens of people. So it's a bit of a balancing test -- do we give some of those funds to charity, or pay them to vendors for their work?

In any event, I think people should stop competing with each other. If I go to a beautiful, extravagant party, I will enjoy it and be glad that there are families who can provide that kind of event. If I go to a modest one, I will be especially flattered to have been invited at all, since it suggests that the family considers me a close friend and made room for me at their simcha.

I must add that I found the tone of this posting sexist. "My son married a nice GIRL?" How old is she, 11? "if HE has the money to make a big wedding for HIS children..." Why do you assume that it's only men who have the financial means (especially when it's acceptable in this community for men to learn and women to work)? Get with the times, Rabbi Salomon. People old enough to marry are men and women. And there are families where the wealth comes primarily from the wife's work or family, not just the husband's.

(26) Shirley, January 24, 2014 1:06 AM

Jealousy is as old as time

My only problem is what happens when they do tone it down and it is still way more than others have? Just as there is no limit to extravagant there is no limit to those who say I wish I could do that.

(25) Ann E.Choshev, January 23, 2014 11:29 PM

Happy with your big lot and my lesser lot

My understanding is that in Yiddish the term "hanaah hobben" means deriving pleasure from someone else’s good fortune. This should be the prevailing attitude in this discussion. Being happy with what one has means that they should not only be happy with their portion but also happy for the other guy even if he got a much bigger portion.

I used to be intimidated by other people’s wealth, but as the hairs get grayer and the wrinkles wrinkle more, it doesn’t seem to matter to me all that much. The party line is that Hashem gives us what is appropriate for our particular situation. We all do our mitzvas and will ultimately have to account for being who we were, not who the other guy was.

My personal tastes tend toward the simple and I do think that some of our more well to do brothers and sisters are a bit gauche in their displays of wealth. However, as we taught our kids when they say “Yuck!”, the real response is simply “it’s not my taste”.

The bottom line here is about the bottom line: It’s their money and they can spend it as they like, even if they want to be “over the top”.

Besides, we don’t know how many weddings they paid for in Israel, how many Yeshivas are open because of their hefty donation, and what they are otherwise doing with their money.

The main part of a simcha is indeed the simcha generated by the nature of the event and the people participating. The secondary aspect is the packaging of the event. A well centered person will dance at your child’s wedding with the same simcha that you can have at his child’s wedding, whether it’s an eight piece band or a tape player and whether it’s tuna salad, chicken or prime rib.

Knowing who you are is the key to being happy with what you have and can allow you to be happy for others no matter what they have.

(24) Ruth, January 23, 2014 10:46 PM

Totally agree with what was said..Large showey and expensive gatherings are really over the top and show little feelings towards other who are not so well off. I see it as a push to say "look how much money I have " etc.. Life is not really about how successful we feel we have done.. but success is about how well we have bought up our children etc.. enough said.... Shalom

(23) Anonymous, January 23, 2014 10:30 PM

Interesting benefit of high-expenditure party

Upon seeing the elaborate, constructed decor at a Bar Mitzvah, one thought that I had was that many, many workers earned a lot of mortgage payments (or other necessary sustenance) from what they earned in being contracted for that job. Likewise for a very large simcha which employs many (albeit low paid) food service workers. Note: I, myself, am at the opposite end of this spectrum, and have hosted only very moderate simchas. But I thought there was an interesting economic benefit when the rich purchased a lot of goods provided by lower-paid US workers, rather than hoarding their wealth. One also hopes these people with the blessing of great sustenance are also ba'alei tzedakah.

(22) rifka, January 23, 2014 8:38 PM

peer pressure causes the extravagant weddings

The problem is that it is no longer OK to be yourself. You have to fit into a box. You have to be this attractive and that level of smart. Everything is black and white, but the world isn't that way. I have a child who is not the strongest student. In my day they would have been a C- kind of student, but because the school they attend is a good school they can't have a average student - mind you this kid has plenty of other IMHO better attributes than a straight A report card, but the school has to make them in to a top student because that's what "they are" This then carries over to everything else. IT is no longer acceptable to be more or less affluent that those around you - forget that this is not normal it's not sustainable! WE are too busy focusing on the WRONG things. WE need to let a little/ personality back into our world. It's ok to be a mench with out any exceptional gifts. Being a mench is success enough in the world we currently live in. Our parnassah is a gift from the Eibishter as are all of our other talents. Yes it is up to us to develop them but Hashem doesn't give everyone the same gifts how can we be our best self if we are constantly trying to mimic the crowd. Lavish weddings and bar mitzvas are just one example people working to become a cookie cutter sellllf.

So sad. So very very sad!

(21) Anonymous, January 23, 2014 7:51 PM

Vanity??

I had a beautiful big, expensive wedding years ago, and a divorce twenty six years later. Before I married, I used to think,--you get married only once in your life.--meaning that a wedding should be lavishly and grand. I proved myself wrong. When problems began to hit the marriage many years later, I started thinking different and questioning myself as to why I allowed my parents to spend so much money in a wedding that would not guarantee a happy union for all eternity. Perhaps it was simply a youthful's vanity. If I were young again now to marry today, I would definitely choose a very simple low cost wedding, and perhaps would donate a percentage of my money to programs of Torah teaching, education, research and the likes. Nevertheless, I also think that every young couple should experience their wedding according to what they can afford. I do celebrate those who like me years ago, want to shine on their wedding day, with a well elaborated event. Thank you very much for your thoughts about how to use nuptial event budget in contrast to donating to charity. G-d bless you and your beautiful family.

(20) Jeannette Zipes, January 23, 2014 7:28 PM

Extravagant weddings

I agree with you 100%.
when it is extravagant they is less focus on the religious significance.

(19) JB Destiny, January 23, 2014 7:06 PM

A different perspective

I fall squarely into the "It's Their Money" category. I recently attended the wedding of a friend in his late 40s, the first marriage for both him and the also 40s bride, where they pulled out all the stops. And why not? It was their simcha and they wanted all of us to celebrate with them! But I object to the whole phrasing of this debate. It's not for us to judge whether the dollars spent, or lavishness, or the assumed lack of sensitivity to "have-nots" (who are always a relative not absolute category), is a vice; don't forget how many people are benefiting from those lavish weddings, all of the vendors who can pay their bills and employees and make weddings for their own children! Instead, we should be teaching everyone financial virtues like saving up for large expenses, focusing on quality not quantity in what you buy, and not going into debt just to keep up with the Joneses, even for a wedding. Or the Salomons, for that matter; I'm sure the wedding you made, whatever you spent, was beyond the means of some others. The plan I followed for my own wedding was to spend most of my limited funds on the food and the music. (The week we ordered our invitations, my then-fiance won the entire amount, $250, on a scratch-off lottery ticket. The same thing happened the week we ordered benchers, also $250. Although maybe I shouldn't have mentioned that; I know how you feel about gambling.) I've told my children the same thing; spend the money on food and music and no one will complain. Also, donate at least 10%, save at least 10% and live on at most 80% of your income. And finally, you'll never be happy comparing yourself to others; you need to live as G-d intends for you to live, not as He intends for others to live.

(18) Malkie, January 23, 2014 6:40 PM

comment on the wedding extravaganza discussions

It is about time that people learn"Eizehu ashir. - to be happy with one's lot" There have always been and will always be wealthy people; it's time to start remembering that Hashem gives us what we need (and more) and to stgp looking at what others have.
Moreover, what people don't know-- or don't want to think about-- is that most of these wealthy people are supporters who support many important organizations rand tzedakos. I personally know of a case where someone made a beautiful and fancy affair, and the same night, sponsored two weddings in Eretz Yisroel. A man I know of buys his wife a new fur coat every couple of years, and gives the same amount he spends on the coat to tzedaka. How many of us who wish we could make such affairs or buy furs are thinking of anything but ourselves? How many of us attend the weddings and speak lashon hara about our hosts? Maybe that's why we don't have the money to be so extravagant?
There is also a very interesting story about Rabbi Hutner. A wealthy man came to him with a question: He wanted to make an extravagant bar mitzva for his son, but his son wanted to give the money to tzedaka instead. What should he do? I'm sure everyone is thinking that this is a no-brainer; what a great kid! Rabbi Hutner however told him to make the bar mitzvah party. After the man left, Rav Hutner explained to his gabbai that when people who can afford things start being tighter with themselves, they will also be tighter with what they give to others. Rav Hutner was indeed a man with tremedous insight.
In the Talmud, there are many Sages who were wealthy, and some enjoyed their wealth by putting out tables of food that anyone could come to at any time, and some who would say that, despite their wealth, they never enjoyed one minute of This World. Wealth is a gift from Hashem-- and also a great responsibility. For those who use it right, and we should judge them favorably,we should be happy for them to enjoy the rest of their money as they see fit.

(17) Anonymous, January 23, 2014 6:10 PM

Celebrate the Mitzvah! Don't judge others! Be within your means!

To me the most important thing is that you are celebrating your child's wedding. Hopefully, they have chosen a partner that comes from a good family with similar values and will be happy together for many years to come. As parents - that is our ultimate joy. When this happens you want to celebrate in the midst of a joyous congregation - in the midst of family & friends. While I agree that some of the weddings are ultra extravagant, I agree that if you have the means, no one should tell you how to spend your money. I would hope that if you are successful - that you would share that success by always giving Tzedakah! B'H'

(16) Anonymous, January 23, 2014 5:56 PM

Where do you stop?

I believe in doing thigs modestly. However, you are commenting on how big a simcha is. Do you want to limit the size of people's houses? The clothing they buy? Where does it end? When people spend their own money, it's non of my business However it is a reflection of their personalities.

(15) Anonymous, January 23, 2014 5:16 PM

I fully agree with your comments, but they can be expanded on. There are a myriad of reasons to not have lavish affairs, including (1) sensitivity to others (2) tznius - applies to public displays (not just clothing) (3) tzdakah - much better use could be made of the funds, even if one has already given 20%. This is a real problem in many communities and is simply not being addressed enough by Rabbeim (except in some Chasidish communities where they simply don't allow this).

(14) Anonymous, January 23, 2014 4:54 PM

'Everyone is in title to spend their own money as they wish' you said it!

As long as those people give sedakah and money to charity, if their joy and happiness are to organise extravagant parties for the wedding of their children, why not?
We do not have the right to be judgemental in those occasions..
I do respect and appreciate your comments which would be close to mine but let the wealthy people spend their money and enjoy it!

(13) Leah, January 23, 2014 4:39 PM

Bravo!

Thank you, Rabbi Salomon. I agree. My in- laws paid for our wedding and they paid $6000. To me that was a huge expense. To others- peanuts!
When my fiance asked how big of a wedding do I want, I responded: a minyan, immediate family and a couple of friends. His parents paid as they had many many friends over the years. I agreed. We did it for $6000. In the States this is considered a low amount. To me? Huge. I borrowed my sister- in- law's gown. We did vegetarian quisine. Yes, I know Simchas mitzvah -bosor. I did not want to increase the expense though.
I have been to extravagant affairs. I would not wish to make one, yet I do not want to judge the people . I do, however, picture a (sorry for this:) a toilet with the chasan and kallah standing over it with a pile of money and every hour they flush $10,000 down it over the period of 6 hours..... they could buy a house or fit out an apartment or save for something else......

(12) Jerry, January 23, 2014 4:37 PM

It can be embassing too!

I agree that modesty is the empathic course. What's more, 50% of these lavish weddings end in divorce. I wonder how those big spenders react to that! It's got to hur, if only just their pridet!

(11) Anonymous, January 23, 2014 4:29 PM

What about being sameach bichelko? being satisfied with one's lot?

I'm not disagreeing with rabbi Solomon. I just think there is so much focus on telling others what to do. Why can't we look within ourselves and focus on being happy with whatever Hashem has given us. Why can't we realize that we have whatever we need for our mission in this world. And mostly why can't we work on the very important Middah of having an ayin tovah. Why can't we be happy for those who have a lot - even if it appears to be more than what we have. Why is jealousy ok? If we want moshiach to come I think we have to work on strengthening our ahavas chinam !! So next time you go to an "extravagant" affair why can't you say " wow - it's so nice to see yiden who have a lot! BH!!

Anonymous, January 24, 2014 2:39 AM

Kol Hakavod!

You're 1000% right! We should all work in that!

(10) Anonymous, January 23, 2014 4:09 PM

disagree

Mazel tov on your simcha!
The chassidic dynasties make these enormous weddings. We don't expect the Roschilds or similar families to make small affairs although if they do we might possibly think they're tznua or stingy. I think that's the point - we should not judge how other people choose to spend their money, but rather spend our own money according to what WE think are priorities.
As one who did NOT like to HAVE to spend money on what seemed to me to be wasteful frills but was obligated by the children and the other sides' expectations it burns me up to see people considerably less able to afford these things turning to community funds to make even larger and more "frilly" events.
We should be happy with our own portion and spend it as we see fit - and no one should be obligated by other peoples' simchas.

(9) Ira Kaminow, January 23, 2014 4:01 PM

Rabbi Thank you for your thoughtful comments. However, I disagree. Each of us should be allowed to spend his/her money as he wishes. We can't go into everyone's budget and determine how he or she should spend. Is my house too big? Do I go on too many vacations? Are my clothes too expensive. Is my wife's diamond to large? As far as I am concerned, a six or even seven figure celebration by someone who gives a fifth or more of his (her) income to tzedakah is no problem,

(8) Anonymous, January 23, 2014 3:58 PM

But where would we draw the line?

Interesting food for thought. My only thought is.....where exactly would we draw the line? There will always be people with more and people with less.

If some very rich folks decided to have a "less extravagant" wedding, there would still be some who would have less.

We married off 2 daughters in 2006, and another in 2010. Our income is modest. The weddings were beautiful but modest. And yet, next to some, it would have looked like a lot, especially when there is a wide range in the community.

Our main goal was that our daughters would say afterwards, "that was everything I ever dreamed of". They were raised modestly, so we didn't fear going overboard.

Things could be done quite modestly and yet very tastefully.
Still not sure though about your talk. Where do we draw the line?

(7) Anonymous, January 23, 2014 3:19 PM

I couldn t agree more

Mazel tov to your family! A marriage completes a human being. It is one of the greatest blessings haShem can bestowe upon two souls. To cheapen that inherent value of a marriage with such an extravagant display of wealth is really sad. It reflects spiritual emptiness. And you are right: it is humiliating to parents with less financial means. Let s focus on what is really important in life.

(6) eli, January 22, 2014 1:21 PM

the chovos halvavos (Duties of the Heart) explains that the rich were only given their money to give to good causes- not to abuse and, thats the rich mans test in this world

(5) rachel, January 22, 2014 2:40 AM

Agree 100 %

In the Sephardi community especially in bukharian and gorsky community, their is a big problem of spending big money on fancy weddings, everyone makes fancy weddings because otherwise the family would look cheap, its a real big problem and no one has the courage to go against the crowd, people are in debt for many years and they still claim that theirs no choice but to make an extravagant wedding, its really sad, im bukharian and G-d willing ill be the first to start making weddings more modest.

(4) Lisa, January 21, 2014 3:18 AM

I don't think it's a " have or have not" issue

Isn't there a tzniut issue here? Does tzniut only have a place in our clothes closets? Why do some have to flaunt their money? ( Because they want to!). Yes, some out there should tone it down ! Especially since wether it's a $90,000 wedding or a $25,000 wedding both couples are happily married by the time the last guest leaves!

(3) Anonymous, January 20, 2014 11:28 AM

Totally Agree

Mazet Tov to you and your family!

I have long held the same views. I'd like to add that finances aside, the time it takes to prepare for a typical traditional wedding today and the expected associated parties, sheva brachot etc. cause a great deal of stress. Who needs that? Do we not have other things going on in our live that are far more important than the one day extravaganza that the wedding is and that require our attention?

It pains me that so few people I come across seem to feel as we do and I do not anticipate big changes in this area soon. But, perhaps your video will help nudge things along in a new direction....

Thank you for sharing your point of view on this.

(2) Nancy, January 19, 2014 6:56 PM

Rabbi--You have presented a kind and sensitive viewpoint which had not occurred to me before. I hope have the pleasure of meeting you in person some day. Btw--Mazel tov on the most recent simcha which took place in your family.

(1) chavi, January 19, 2014 4:01 PM

social conscience

Kol Yisroel arevim zeh lazeh-Wealthy people need to have a social conscience and take some social responsibility. There are children who go to sleep hungry. Some get nothing more than a peanut butter sandwich or a bowl of cereal and milk - if that- for supper each day. Families who have no home - no roof over their heads. One family slept in a park FOUR NIGHTS until someone got wind of it and stepped in to help. These are our brothers and sisters! There are so many families that are struggling to survive! At these lavish, extravagant affairs so much food goes into the garbage. And the affair last for only a few hours and then it's over. Think of what that extra money could accomplish in the lives of others - long-lasting salvation for others. Putting families back on their feet. The answer is very clear to me.

 

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