Should Haredim work? Yes. Can they? Not so fast.
More and more Haredi men want to work, but they don’t have the skills to find jobs in a modern economy.
Whether because of shrinking government stipends or the pull of a better material life, Haredi men seem to be gingerly entering the workforce. This should be cause for cheer because their absence deals a double blow to the economy, depriving it of labor, and burdening those who do work with higher taxes. Moreover, the problem grows more painful as the proportion of Haredim in the population increases.