Daily Archives: February 29, 2012

Expensive Being Jewish

We had a discussion on my FB page today about the cost of educating our children in private religious schools. I was complaining that even though I already spend so much on tuition, I have had TWO requests from the same child for extra money for two different field trips within the next week. My point was that I wished they would fold these costs into the already exorbitant tuition and that way it wouldn’t always be so painful to reach into the wallet.

I know, it’s my choice to send them to these schools, and to pay the fees. That isn’t the point under discussion here. One of my friends made the following statement, after reading that one person pays $25K per year for her son’s education,  and I wanted to hear your opinions.

Forgive me for saying this, but do you ever get the feeling that people potentially get priced out of being religious? I can imagine that many get lost bc how the heck can you pay that? That’s worse than some college’s tuition.

The discussion continued on to the price of kosher meat and in fact, I wonder, for those who have gone off the derech – was cost a factor? Pesach is one of the most expensive holidays – I remember Pesachs where I spent $2,000 on food and matzah – for EIGHT DAYS!!  A Lulav and Etrog can set you back a good few hundred dollars on Sukkot, and tefillin? A good set is a couple of grand. And that’s just for starters…

I love being Jewish, I love celebrating my religion and having the religious freedom to do so, I just wish it wasn’t so prohibitively expensive. Is there any way to cap education costs? To reduce the cost of kosher food?

(I know my brother will leave a comment saying move to Israel, make aliyah – that might solve the issue for me, but not for everyone else still living in Chutz LaAretz.)

Weigh in, folks.