Wednesday, June 21, 2006


My wife pointed this out to me in The Jewish Observer for Feb/Jan '06 (available online here on p. 16):

[I]ndeed, one young married businessman related that even as he supported his brother in kollel, he felt like a freeloader who was taking advantage by sharing in the merit of his brother's learning without working for it!
And this was published as praise! That is the attitude we are producing -- that the majority of Jews should feel guilty for maintaining society.

The Gemara (Berakhos 8a) says about people who work: "Praiseworthy" are you in this world and "It is good for you" in the world to come. How is that freeloading? But I guess only his brother knows that Gemara and he's not telling!

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