Friday, 27 April 2012
Question! For those with lots* of kids . . .
As promised here . . .
Being Orthodox (in Toronto, at least) is expensive! Jewish Day School Tuition costs alone are prohibitive, much less shul membership, sheitels, pricier kosher food, mounds of holidays with entertaining/gifts, real estate/living expenses in Jewish neighborhoods, and down the road wedding/dowry costs, etc. Obviously some people are independently wealthy, others (i.e. those who live in Israel) receive significant financial assistance, but for the run of the mill Ultra Orthodox families - particularly those in "kollel culture" - where, from what I understand, the women work and take care of the house/kids while the men study - how do they afford it?
I know this is really an impolite question. I also know secular people wonder this all the time.
*lots for me is more than three or four