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    • simstu1
    • 01.11.12 | 09:42 (IST)

    I am a "chareidi" (with chassidis levush) and I work and learn, as tens of thousands of chareidim do. As health minister, Litzman should be given the finest health treatments for his neurological problems. The entire Torah is filled with the requirement that a man is required to work to support his family. Litzman, when was the last time you read a Kesuba, which expressly states that the husband must support his wife? See Rambam, Hilchos Talmud Torah (3:10-11) and Kesef MIshna You have perverted the teachings of the Torah, in a mass forum. You have made our Am Segula into a nation of hold out your palm beggars. Should the streets of Yerushalayim, and particularly the Kosel, look like we are a nation of beggars? See Rashi-Devarim 2:7. Litzman, you simply are not grounded. No family can live on the govt programs and a wife's salary--you must add the parents who either paid for the apartment (thereby going into debt themselves) or who are contributing towards day to day living. And your probable reliance on the Torah sages would be a lie . They would not agree with your private version of the Torah. See Berachos 8a. And if you claim that the reasoning of the Torah must change to accomodate today's reality, then not only are you not "chareidi", you are not even orthodox, but, rather conservative or reform. And, if the families that you are talking about need the gov't programs to exist, then why in the majority of the yeshivos in which the husbands learn, based upon the govt programs, vehemently against the entire concept of a government--"medina"? Litzman, your hashkafa is contradicted by the Torah, has led to a beggar nation status, a chilul Hashem and a generation who live in a state of daily hypocrisy--which then leaks into their personal lack of candor and honesty. But the good news is--many "charedim" have seen through the money grab and poverty that you and your ilk have tried to make normal Chareidi" living for years.

    from the article: Haredi lawmaker: Men need not work - wives and state allowances can pay the bills
    First published 06:05 01.11.12 | Last updated 06:05 01.11.12
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