A Torah lesson in the Knesset’s plenum by MK Sharon Gal (Yisrael Beytenu) on the importance of working for a living sparked outrage among haredi lawmakers Wednesday.
Gal quoted extensively from Jewish texts during a debate on the government’s plan to cancel the requirement that both parents work as a criterion for their children’s acceptance to government-subsidized daycare. The condition, which was put in place by the previous government, meant that families in which the father studies in yeshiva full-time and the mother works full-time did qualify for childcare, and as such, the haredi parties, which are now in the coalition, had the new government cancel it.
"’If there is no flour, there is no Torah," Gal said, quoting from the Mishna. "Thus, our sages wrote that a man must teach his son a trade, so that there will not be a situation in which he cannot support himself and he will become a burden on his society."