Who Is Ralph Lauren?

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Ralph Lauren was born Ralph Lifshitz, the youngest child of Jewish immigrants who fled the pogroms in Russia. Even as a young child, Lauren had a unique sense of style; he made his own neckties before he even went to college! Readers who are interested in fashion and entrepreneurship will enjoy reading about Lauren’s hard work, creative genius, and rise to the top of the fashion world.

Jewish Content and Values

  • Lauren’s parents were Jewish immigrants and his family observed Shabbat together.
  • As a child, Ralph Lauren attended Yeshiva, an Orthodox Jewish day school.
  • Lauren’s wife of 50 years, Ricky, is also the child of Jewish immigrants.
  • After successfully battling a brain tumor, Lauren founded and contributed to a number of organizations searching for a cure for cancer and treating cancer patients. In addition, he has donated millions of dollars and books to promote literacy, reflecting the Jewish value of tikkun olam, or repairing the world.

Positive Role Models

Ralph Lauren has worked hard and persevered his entire life. He remained committed to his own style and preferences, even when others didn’t share his vision. In addition, he is deeply committed to his family. He and his wife have been married for over fifty years, and when his three children were young, he chose to stay home with his family instead of attending high-profile events and fancy galas. Finally, he has donated millions of dollars to various charitable causes.          

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Talk it Over

Ralph Lauren is a billionaire. In addition to donating millions of dollars to charities fighting cancer and teaching people how to read, he has a private jet, multiple sports cars, and several luxury homes. If you had billions of dollars, what would you do with it? What charities would you donate to, and how else would you spend the money?

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Hiddur mitzvah is the practice of enhancing a mitzvah, or ritual obligation, by making it beautiful or attractive. It is thought that this tradition originates from Exodus 15:2, “This is my God, and I will glorify him.” Ornate kiddush cups, decorative menorahs, and embellished seder plates are all examples of hiddur mitzvah. Just as Ralph Lauren has devoted his life to helping people look stylish and attractive, Jews have been beautifying their rituals for centuries.

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