Monday, February 20, 2012



by Reb Akiva

My previous post (now deleted), “You Work?”, was intended to show the situation where some portion of the Jewish community in the US was voluntarily choosing to use government benefits and doing just as well as those who work, and work hard, to support their families.  The graphic included demonstrated this, showing that for a family of 4 if you make less than $60,000 per year, it’s BETTER to take the government programs and make $15,000 a year – with the family ending up with more in it’s pocket.

If we extend that to the Jewish community with larger families, the benefit level is even greater - plus those making so little also qualify for tuition discounts and charitable support from the community. 

But that was the past. As a commentor pointed out, today far too many in the Jewish religious community are struggling, working 2, 3 or even 4 jobs just to barely keep food on the table.  Charitable assistance is less available with more people in need and less able to give, and with less able to pay yeshivas are less able to give discounts to those even in great need (and a number of yeshivas have closed due to outstanding debts and unpaid salaries – even large mainstream yeshivas).

My article was insensitive and out of touch, and I apologize for it.  Today people are doing everything they can just to get by, and even with government assistance it’s often not enough.  People should be commended for trying so hard and supported when needed.  And we bear a collective responsibility to help each other.


  1. No need to apologize, I think you were right on the money.

  2. No need to apologize... everything you strive to teach or to report on comes straight from the good in your heart.

  3. Reb Akiva - I appreciate your sensitivity and your apology. Thank you.

  4. I think the bigger picture you have touched on is that everything is changing. The government is squeezing middle-America inch by inch, so that there will be only the poor and the affluent. No more middle-class spending, they WILL eventually be dependent on the government for everything. When money disappears, and a family 'needs,' they WILL have to turn to government programs. (Obama's czars are attacking small business, schooling, religion, healthcare.) Put the pieces together and what do you get ....

    You are just ahead of the actuality.

  5. You may want to read this too: Changing Workplace

    They didn't have a link to forward or ......


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