The Right To Refuse To Work

In several previous posts, we mentioned the opinion of Rabbeinu Tam that an indigent man who lacks the means to satisfy his debts or his obligation to maintain his wife can nevertheless not be obligated to hire himself out in order to satisfy these obligations. There is, however, an important judicial ruling by rabbanim Shmuel […]

For Richer, For Poorer, In Sickness and In Health

We recently referenced the dispute between Rabbeinu Eliyahu and Rabbeinu Tam over whether a husband is obligated to accept employment in order to maintain his wife, and as we noted several years ago, Gra claims that “the opinion of most Poskim is like Rabbeinu Tam”,1 and that it is therefore clear that the popular assumption […]

The Diligent Deadbeat

Kikar Ha’Shabat reports: בית המשפט מחייב תלמיד ישיבה לצאת לעבוד כדי לכסות חובותיו שופט בית משפט השלום בתל אביב, עודד מאור, קבע כי תלמיד ישיבה, הלומד 14 שעות ביום, וצבר חובות בגובה 285 אלף שקל מחוייב לצאת ולעבוד בכדי לכסות את חובותיו. “לימוד תורה אינו יכול לשמש עילה לאי פירעון החובות, ומוטלת על החייב לצאת […]