Dealing with Income Gaps

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  1. LOberstein says:

    “Recently, a Bais Yaakov school in Jerusalem separated all the girls from English-speaking homes into a separate class. I was appalled at the blatant discrimination ” In the United States we have laws against blatant discrimination, even if one’s intentions are good. If it were your child , would you be so tolerant of intolerance? It is very true that Americans conspicously consume. Around the Mir there are many restaurants that make a living off of yeshiva boys with money to eat out when they don’t like the food the yeshiva offers. I am informed that the sight of young American kollel wives pusing their expensive baby carriages with their children and themselves decked out in the latest fashions shopping for items the Israelis can’t afford arouses jealousy. Does that mean that my son and his wife who don’t show off and live modestly should have their children thrown out of school because they are Americans. Remember these are the same people who don’t allow Sephardim into their schools either. Then they come knock on my door because their poverty is self inflicted and their income is not sought in the job market. There is a problem but the Ashkenasi Chareidim in Israel don’t get the subtleties, they just use a sledgehammer to swat a fly.

  2. Dell says:

    I have a difficult time with the constant mantra of how the wealthy must not spend so conspicuously. The Rabbonim of those individuals, shuls, or communities can directly address the issue with the well to do. For the rest of us, we should be reading articles and hearing lectures and responding to blogs that focus on how we need to live within our means, be content with what we have, and most importantly, not allow jealousy to overwhelm our lives.
    The constant barrage of Chinese Auction catalogs “advertising” beautiful furniture, accessories, and trips that many people long for but never own or experience does not help, either. I admit to succumbing to that temptation, with the anticipated results for the mosad that mailed it- a donation to an organization I may not have otherwise supported. Is it sad, or a reality, that that has become the best way for organizations to receive monies from small time donors?

  3. Ori says:

    Dell: Is it sad, or a reality, that that has become the best way for organizations to receive monies from small time donors?

    Ori: I think that it’s because those small time donors are human. They have limited funds, and prefer to use those funds in a way that would benefit them. Large donors get public recognition for their efforts, small donors hope to win something.

    BTW, I know there’s a private high school in Austin that accepts low income students. They can afford to do it because the students spend four days learning, and one day a week doing office work. This not only subsidizes their education, it also provides valuable career training. Would such a model work for a Yeshiva?

  4. Orthonomics says:

    Ori refers to the Christo Rey network of schools, I believe.
    The idea is fascinating.

  5. LOberstein says:

    Only 4 comments to this post versus many more to others must tell us something. I wonder why segregation of Amereican little girls is not arousing more interest, what am I missing?

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