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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Values, That Killer BLACK FRIDAY

I grew up in a different America.  We had blue laws which restricted store openings and protected what was then called "family values" and Sunday "sabbath" closing.  Social values stressed time off, not 7 day shopping, and certainly not the violence for a bargain that I keep hearing about re: Black Friday.  No surprise it's called BLACK FRIDAY.  I can't imagine anything blacker than being mobbed, trampled and killed to save money.

video hat tip: Lady-Light


I'm not a fan of shopping on the internet, but if that's an option, I'd use it as a safety shelter to get Black Friday prices. I've fled discount supermarkets because of crowds and hating to wait on line.

Let's get to chessed, values and middot and my neighbor's advice on how to greet someone sporting a cast. I must admit that I probably said all the wrong things to her.  And don't forget tzedakka.  The Rebbetzin's Husband blogs about giving.

Is the world economy getting worse?  Shirat Devorah posts about the endangered Euro.

It's time to think about Chanukah gifts.  Must they cost lots of money?  Do you have any good ideas?  Chodesh Tov!  I must get ready to go to Tel Shiloh for Women's Rosh Chodesh prayers.  Next month is Tevet, Tuesday December 27. Meet me at Tel Shiloh.

10 comments:

Shy Guy said...

I didn't see your link to someone being killed during BF shopping.

However, this is close enough.

Anonymous said...

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/26/9035999-report-shoppers-unfazed-as-man-dies-at-target

Man probably had heart attack but shoppers didn't try to help - - too busy shopping.

Batya said...

Frightening. They sure don't behave that way where I work, B"H.

Keliata said...

i've never gone shopping on black friday, no matter how good the deals are. Last year a guy was trampled here,another year a guy was stabbed.

And no way am I getting up at midnight and camping out in the cold waiting for the stores to open.

I'll shop online for close friends and due to finances must stick to my $25 limit per person re chanukah presents. I'll have to br creative, or hopefully they'll tell me what they'd like.

and simple blue gift bags, white candle in a glass blue candle holder.

Chocolate kisses (silver foil ones only!)

Batya said...

Keli, that sounds very generous. True friends down't check the price tag.

Hadassa said...

Shalom!
On Hanuka, giving gifts and the lack of a connection between the two:
http://www.aish.com/h/c/b/48965221.html

Keli, are you good with your hands? Are you creative in the kitchen? Baking and making gifts is a great low-budget option. The Internet has thousands of recipes and instructions for handmade toys, jewelry etc.

Hadassa said...

Shalom!
The comments section on a's link has conflicting reports on how quickly the man was helped and if shoppers were keeping away from scene in order to give the man space or were ignoring him.
My husband, however, who worked in an Atlantic City casino while he was in college, witnessed a group of people unwilling to leave their slot machines in order to allow the medics access to a man who had suffered a heart attack. Apparently everyone wanted them to go down a different aisle...

Batya said...

Hadassa, what a horrible story. Black values for sure.

Sara Layah said...

"Grains Of Sand The Fall Of Neve Dekalim " by Shifra Shomron (Mazo Publishers) is a unique, memorable, and compelling novel and exquisite present for Chanuka. Read what readers have to say: http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2011/10/journey-into-gush-katif.html

Batya said...

Yes, it would certainly make a nice gift. It's a great book.