21.03.2011 15.Adar ll, 5771
Research shows majority of people who send out holiday gift baskets exceed by far the minimum number required by Jewish law.
How much do we spend on Purim gift baskets and who packs them?
A new study by the University Center of Ariel in advance of Purim probed these and other questions surrounding the near-ubiquitous gift baskets that range from a few pieces of bargain-basement chocolates, hamentaschen and a mini bottle of cheap wine to elaborate affairs that can senders cost hundreds of shekels.
Dr. Ya’arit Bodek-Cohen discovered that the majority of people who send or deliver Purim gift baskets, one of the positive commandments surrounding the cheery holiday, choose to far exceed the minimum number required by Jewish law. One out of every 10 people who send the gift baskets send approximately 20 per year, and another two-thirds send between 10 and 12 gifts….