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  1. joel rich says:

    All true. I would add that how our institutions behave will also be of importance. Economics is the study of the allocation of scarce resources to unlimited demands. Resources will likely become more limited – will our institutions, both individually and as part of a greater community, go through a soul searching process or will it be each institution for themselves? Think about how the recent AIG publicity concernihg the company’s spending on internal needs played out.

    KT

  2. Moshe Schorr says:

    You could also have mentioned that Rabbi Ilan Feldman is the son of Rabbi Emanuel Fledman, a regular contributer here.

  3. Bob Miller says:

    In recent years, many or most of what we have thought of as community institutions have actually been private, often family-held, operations. Getting these to pull together now, and possibly even to consolidate, for the good of the broader Orthodox community will take real leadership.

  4. Jewish Observer says:

    “You could also have mentioned that Rabbi Ilan Feldman is the son of Rabbi Emanuel Fledman, a regular contributer here”

    – more relevant to this blog, you could say his wife is granddaughter of Rav Ruderman who was a universally accepted as a Torah leader, even in the right wing haredi world

  5. Ori says:

    When we realize our communal institutions are weakened, will we forget about the institutions we created, becoming instead pre-occupied with our own survival? Will we shrug our shoulders and abandon them to “market forces”, or will we courageously insist that what they provide must not be compromised by economic hardship?

    Depends on the institute and what exactly it provides. Some institutions provide services that are truly vital. Some provide things that are merely nice to have, which can expand during times of plenty and should contract during times of need. If you have less resources, it makes sense to cut some things – both personally and as a community.

    A big piece of everybody’s responsibility is to try and avoid becoming a burden on the community. This means not just working, it means trying to do a good job and learning good professions.

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