It is commonly thought that Hazal’s grant to a husband of the income earned by his wife is a tendentious institution, tilting the balance of economic power toward the former and away from the latter. The truth is precisely the opposite; it is actually the wife who has the upper hand, as it is her right to decide whether she wishes to surrender her income in exchange for support, or to retain it and maintain herself, while the husband has no say in the matter, and must submit to his wife’s choice.
A lecture I have recorded, and an article I have published, along with a source sheet, on the topic of a wife’s duty to work and her husband’s right to her income, and his corresponding obligation to maintain her, are available at the Internet Archive.
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