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London Family Robbed of $30,000 in Judaica While Sleeping

By: JTA

Burglars stole Judaica artifacts worth approximately $30,000 from a Jewish family in northern London while they were sleeping, The Jewish Chronicle reported.

The thieves took menorahs, a Seder plate and silver cups, among other items, from the Palmer family home in Edgeware. Howard Palmer said the items were “totally irreplaceable.” Two of his five children were at home during the robbery.

An iPod and computer also were stolen.

Hackney police said the robbers gained entry through a patio door, which had been locked but was taken off its runner.

Palmer said the burglary has caused great distress for himself, his wife and the two children at home.

“We are finding it difficult to sleep,” he said. “It has got to the point where it’s hard to leave the house.”

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2 Responses to “London Family Robbed of $30,000 in Judaica While Sleeping”

  1. People have a right to own lavish, luxury material goods. But what kind of Jewish values are reflected when $30,000 is spent on ritual objects. I spent no more than $150 on all the Judaica I own. While there is a principle of "hiddur mitzvah," this does not mean spending lavish sums of money on such items, and it certainly does not give a heter for overturning the moral, prophetic imperative to pursue mercy and justice. While this family may very well be wealthy enough to give tzedakah, those thousands of dollars could have been used far better, towards feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and helping the poor get an education.

  2. People have a right to own lavish, luxury material goods. But what kind of Jewish values are reflected when $30,000 is spent on ritual objects. I spent no more than $150 on all the Judaica I own. While there is a principle of "hiddur mitzvah," this does not mean spending lavish sums of money on such items, and it certainly does not give a heter for overturning the moral, prophetic imperative to pursue mercy and justice. While this family may very well be wealthy enough to give tzedakah, those thousands of dollars could have been used far better, towards feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and helping the poor get an education.

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