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What is the Jewish view on a woman having a career?

by Mrs. Rachel Stein

  

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If a woman wants to have a career that is her choice. 

Nowhere in Halachah (Jewish law) is it stated that a woman cannot have a job. In fact, in the book of Proverbs1 King Solomon actually praises the business acumen of the good wife.

However, the question of whether a woman should want, have, or feel obligated to have, a career, is not a textbook decision, but a decision left up to each woman, her husband and family.

The important thing is to remember one’s priorities: family first, career second.

A woman once told the Lubavitcher Rebbe she wants to become a typist. The Rebbe told her if you want to type to earn money that is fine, but don’t “become a typist”, remain a mother, who happens to type.

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  • 1. 31:14

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Halachah
Jewish Law. All halachah which is applicable today is found in the Code of Jewish Law.
Rebbe
A Chassidic master. A saintly person who inspires followers to increase their spiritual awareness.
Lubavitcher
One who follows the teachings of the Chassidic group which was formerly based in the Belarus village of Lubavitch. Today, the movement is based in Brooklyn, New York with branches worldwide. The Lubavitch movement is also widely known as "Chabad."
Solomon
Son of King David, and succeeded him on the throne of Israel in the year 836 BCE. he was the wisest man to ever live. He built the first Holy Temple and authored several books of the Bible.
Proverbs
One of the 24 books of the Bible. A collection of moral writings authored by King Solomon.