The 20th century Israel- haredi invention of full time "Torah scholars" living off state welfare has to stop; throughout history, Rabbis and students of Talmud had day jobs and professions - farmer, junk dealer, physician, woodworker... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Dr. L. Brnd
    • 06.08.11 | 19:15 (IDT)

    The two Rabbis of the Chabad shul down the street from me here in the US have jobs - one is a used furniture dealer and the other is a plumber. The wife of one runs a day care center in their home, the wife of the other started a bakery. To me, these are real Torah scholars in the historic Jewish tradition. The tens of thousands of full-time Torah scholar haredim in Israel, living off the sweat of the taxpayers, are cult of loafers and frauds. Israel needs US-style "workfare", at a minimum - those refusing secular jobs offered by the state get no public assistance and no voting rights. Period.

    from the article: Notes from the ultra-Orthodox underground
    First published 12:47 05.08.11 | Last updated 12:47 05.08.11
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