Reading the Riots Act

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2 Responses

  1. Shea says:

    I was hoping the author could share his views on what affect the welfare programs mentioned above which have allegedly so hurt the ‘ghetto communities’ have impacted Jewish urban communities?

    Is there a negative impact on Jewish communities who benefit from these programs also or does the author feel that this is some how specific to a particular groups within society?

  2. Ellen says:

    Shea – if one looks around the charedi communities in Israel (which is what I assume you’re alluding to), one sees some hurt by an entitlement philosophy yet many more who are under the strong and beautiful influence of Torah education. Some of the best-behaved children come from charedi households, some of the most self-sacrificing and kind people are raised within the charedi sector.

    So really I think we’d need to turn your question around a bit: “Among charedi families who rely on the Israeli welfare system for their primary means of support, how do most avoid falling prey to the entitlement mentality, and instead use the handout constructively?”

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