web analytics
March 29, 2015 / 9 Nisan, 5775
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post


It’s My Opinion: “Big Spending”


South-Florida-logo

This week’s Art Basel Miami Beach is billed as the largest contemporary art fair in the hemisphere. Until recently, the prognosis for a successful event had been bleak. The worldwide financial crisis had all but devastated the arts.  Now, Art Basel, and the art world in general, has reason to celebrate.  It seems that prices are up and big spending has returned.

In early November, Sotheby’s auction house sold a work created by pop artist Andy Warhol.  The print shows stacks of dollars.  “200 One Dollar Bills” sold for $43.8 million.  The art industry was back in business.

Memorabilia of the late singing star Michael Jackson also went on the auction block. A white glove that Jackson wore to perform his famous moonwalk was recently sold. Although the $420,000 transaction brought in a pittance in comparison to the Warhol sale, it was a sizeable amount for one unmatched glove.

A few days ago, a study came out that many households around the Unite States do not have adequate food.  The report indicated that the need was greatest in homes that had young children.  The reality of this fact is heartbreaking.

We seem to be in an economic best of times and worst of times.  It is easy to criticize what seems to be excessive spending when others are going hungry.  In reality, just the opposite is true.  Big spending is just what our economy needs.

Art Basel is anticipated to bring 40,000 tourists and exhibitors to South Florida.  They will need taxis, lodging and food. The highest form of charity is to give our fellow man a job, to provide the ability to earn a parnasah and no longer be dependent on the kindness of others.

This week’s visitors will eat in restaurants, stay in hotels and attend shows.  They will buy souvenirs, shop boutiques and put money into the local economy.  They will help participate in a real bailout of the South Florida economy.

Jews are admonished not to rely on miracles, however it seems that the local economy has been given a real miraculous boost.

About the Author: Shelley Benveniste is South Florida editor of The Jewish Press.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “It’s My Opinion: “Big Spending””

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Father Gabriel Naddaf with soldiers
It’s Hard to be a Christian Arab in Israel
Latest Sections Stories
Neuman-Rabbi-M-Gary

Are we allowed to lie for shalom bayis? It would seem so, but what might be a healthy guideline for when it’s okay and when it’s not?

book-To-Fill-The-Sky-With-Stars

The connection between what I experienced as a high school teenager and the adult I am today did not come easy to me.

Respler-032715

Isn’t therapy about being yourself; aren’t there different ways for people to communicate with each other?

South-Florida-logo

Jack was awarded a blue and gold first-place trophy, appropriately topped off with a golden bee.

Participating in ManiCures during the school day may feel like a break from learning, but the intended message to the students was loud and clear. Learning and chesed come in all forms, and can be fun.

Building campaign chairman Jack Gluck has led the effort over many years.

When using an extension cord always make sure to use the correct rated extension cord.

There was no question that when Mrs. Cohen entered the room to meet the teacher she was hostile from the outset.

Szold was among the founders and leaders (she served on its executive committee) of Ichud (“Unity”), a political group that campaigned against the creation of an independent, sovereign Jewish state in Eretz Yisrael.

My friend is a strong and capable Jewish woman, but she acted with a passivity that seemed out of character.

“If you don’t stand straight, you’ll never get a husband.”

First, sit down with your helpers and a pen and paper and break the jobs down into small parts.

More Articles from Shelley Benveniste
South-Florida-logo

Jack was awarded a blue and gold first-place trophy, appropriately topped off with a golden bee.

South-Florida-logo

Participating in ManiCures during the school day may feel like a break from learning, but the intended message to the students was loud and clear. Learning and chesed come in all forms, and can be fun.

Building campaign chairman Jack Gluck has led the effort over many years.

My friend is a strong and capable Jewish woman, but she acted with a passivity that seemed out of character.

The recent holiday of Purim, however, debunks the idea that all females need to be given coaching in the art of moxie.

Close to 100 guests attended the event that took place at Bloomingdales in the Aventura Mall.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/community/south-florida/its-my-opinion-big-spending/2011/11/14/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: