There’s a Reason Hashem Invented Capitalism

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  1. DF says:

    I don’t know about other groups, but when it comes to orthodox Jews (charedi or otherwise) I know this: It’s not the women one has to be concerned about, it’s the men. The women, as this event shows, will be, and in fact, are already, just fine. The men are in real trouble, though. And if we don’t see real, major changes in their entire worldview, it won’t make a whit of difference what the women are doing, because they will all crumble apart together.

  2. Raymond says:

    I feel ambivalent about this very brief, seemingly innocuous story. See, if a woman is single or married but childless, then I have absolutely problem whatsoever with her pursuing just about any career she wants, at whatever salary she aspires to. But the moment a woman is married and gives birth to her first child, it is really her husband who should be making his career the focal point of his life. And that is where I do have a problem with a man learning gemara. Learning Torah is wonderful, it may really be the reason we are created, but the man of the home has a responsibility to be the breadwinner of his home, so that his wife can be at home and focus her full attention on raising their children. If he already works full-time and then learns Torah during his free time, that is fine, but using Torah study to run away from working, strikes me as not being kosher.

  3. SA says:

    Raymond, I think your comment is superfluous here. I’ve been to these conferences and most of those in attendance are NOT kollel wives. This is Israel, where generally both parents have to work just to keep their family’s heads above water. Even if their husbands are full-time professionals, religious women (especially since they tend have large families) have to help toward the family’s parnassa (speaking from personal experience). Such conferences help women network and get ideas for building and optimizing their businesses. The husbands, in this context, are irrelevant.

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