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#1 33948

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 12:53 PM

I keep reading about how in Judaism a person must work and support himself. Yet doesn't this collide with the idea that people can study torah all day and not work? Isn't it fundamentally a part of Torah to support one's self?

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 01:38 AM

Yes.

Rambam Agrees.
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 03:04 PM

I keep reading about how in Judaism a person must work and support himself. Yet doesn't this collide with the idea that people can study torah all day and not work? Isn't it fundamentally a part of Torah to support one's self?

Judaism is a multifaceted thing. There is more than one path to serving the Creator. This topic is discussed at length in numerous sources including the Gemara.
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:32 PM

Yes.

Rambam Agrees.

The rambam in hilchos shmita does not.

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:05 AM

Seems like you could just do whatever you want and then find scripture to justify it since a person can read one thing and then somewhere else it is contradicted...

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:58 AM

Seems like you could just do whatever you want and then find scripture to justify it since a person can read one thing and then somewhere else it is contradicted...


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Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:12 PM

I keep reading about how in Judaism a person must work and support himself. Yet doesn't this collide with the idea that people can study torah all day and not work? Isn't it fundamentally a part of Torah to support one's self?


If one has the means (either parent wants to have son only work, or a partner who wants one to learn and share in the Zhut) they can study and not work. If not then go to work.




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