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The Baby shower is a modern concept, based on consumerism. Modern Era The modern baby shower started after WWII during the baby boom era and evolved with the consumer ideology of 1950s and 1960s. In other words, baby showers in the mid-twentieth century not only served an economic function by providing the mother-to-be and her home with material ...
To the best of my knowledge there is no known source that prohibits baby showers, however most Orthodox Jews generally do not have baby showers for fear of Ayin Hara - evil eye.
There is no need to bring a present in the first place, but it is a kind gesture. Rabbis are paid to serve their congregants and community for a variety of reasons relating to philosophy, halacha, et cetera. If you could give a price range, this question can be better answered; however, I'll just throw a general answer out in the open. You can always buy ...
If you are given any trouble, explain that you are not giving the gift, but retaining ownership of it and are allowing the hostess to use it in perpetuity.
Let's assume we're not dealing with wrapping paper. (E.g. put it in a nice gift bag instead.) And other muktza-type issues have been addressed (there was the non-Jewish guest who brought cut flowers, and the hostess asked her nicely to set them down on the countertop as you can't put them in water on shabbos!) Similarly, if the gift was outside the ...
The answer, in short, is that it is allowed, and there's no problem of Ribbis. Basically, Ribbis only applies where the money somehow flows from the borrower back to the lender. It does not matter if there's a third-party involved: if that third-party is being sent by the borrower, Ribbis would still apply. In this case, however, the one paying the Ribbis ...
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