How many Talmudic sages did manual labor to earn a living? But if a boy is not a Gemarakup, he is ostracized and thrown out. Can’t he equally serve Hashem and his fellow man with an honest trade?

All these problems are interwoven and related. Stop masking these ills under the rug of “frumkeit.”

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Wake up! Wake up! We are “Naval Birshus HaTorah.” We have lost our sense of kavanah. Look at yourselves in the mirror, at what’s happened to us.

Maybe then, Moshiach will really come!

B’Ahavat Yisrael…

Dear B’Ahavat,

Are we talking about the same column? Don’t recall pooh-poohing the “candy problem” at all, but perhaps it was my brief response (due to lack of space) that gave you that impression.

Here again I find myself with limited space to reply in but with enough to reiterate that I do believe the concern to be very real, and while many homes can do with a drastic overhaul of their disturbing food trends, many more are coming around to appreciate the value of good nutrition and all that it entails.

Though there is merit in the other issues you raise, some of your assertions are debatable. For now, let’s just say that things may not be as bleak as you paint them.

I suspect readers have plenty to say and look forward to hearing their varied opinions. Thanks for chiming in with yours.

To tell the truth, your gloom and doom perspective has left me pining for some comfort food. I think I’ll go unwind with a glass of mellow red wine and some of my favorite chocolate… the dark, healthy kind, of course. Till next week then….

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