Maran HaGaon HaRav Aaron Leib Shteinman Shlita received a number of questions pertaining to suitable employment for women as the nation’s school system opens its doors today, 9 Elul 5772.
Chadrei Chareidim reports that following are a number of the questions posed to the gadol hador.
May one accept a job that demands working into the afternoon hours or should a woman work in a job that finishes earlier in the day, permitting her to be home with her children?
It is preferable to be home during the afternoon hours. The absence of a woman from the home is a disadvantage. When a mother is not at home it is not good. In general,
כל כבודה בת מלך פנימה.
The rav emphasized that in an effort to raise one’s children in Yiddishkheit, this requires reciting a bracha on כל דבר של קדושה and this pertains particularly to the smaller children.
Should one seek employment teaching or a job in computers?
Teaching is preferable. Since a teacher deals with רוחניות, one’s head is imbued with רוחניות and this is advantageous. Computer work on the other hand has no connection to רוחניות.
Should a woman continue working as a kindergarten teacher, a difficult position, or work in computers?
When possible, work that entails רוחניות is preferable. Kindergarten teachers instill Yiddishkheit into the young children but secular work has no connection to such matters of רוחניות at all.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)