December 11, 2011 3:02 pm at 3:02 pm #601085adamsParticipant
I am looking at a very bleak employment and economic situation. But I live in a large and thriving frum community.
I have an usual technical skill set that for the right company would give me an excellent position. But they seem to be far from a Jewish community let alone thriving.
Is it better to be in unemployed or underemployed not using potential or if you relocated and don’t have the depression that comes with economic problems.
I wonder what other people would do. Basically I cannot make ends meet currently. And this is compounded by having to pay tuitions.
But as long as we are in this frum community it will be hard to not send the kids to Yeshiva.
It’s not what I want but the job oppportunites are very limited. I would move to Eretz Yisroel, although the employment problem would be there as well, but my wife will not consider that.December 11, 2011 3:28 pm at 3:28 pm #834270akupermaParticipant
Do you mean a place such as Baltimore or Chicago which have a handful of yeshivos and restaurants? Do you mean a place such as Albany or Providence where you’ll have only limited options for frum education that might even be co-ed for some grades? Do you mean a place where you will have to homeschool your children, travel great distances or build your own mikva, and either slaughter your meat or go to great lengths to have kosher items imported?December 11, 2011 3:58 pm at 3:58 pm #834271Sam2Participant
With the internet at mail-order companies, there is no nowhere in the US where you cannot have Kosher meat available in a few days’ notice.December 11, 2011 4:21 pm at 4:21 pm #834272amichaiParticipant
yiddishkeit is growing by leaps and bounds in small cities. find out more and dont rule anything out yet until you actually check out the places.December 11, 2011 4:42 pm at 4:42 pm #834273adamsParticipant
yes I meant smaller towns. It’s a personal decision I guess.
You would lose out on alot of the frum life but you would have more personal resect and self esteem.December 11, 2011 4:50 pm at 4:50 pm #834274popa_bar_abbaParticipant
Tell us a bit more about this town:
Is there a yeshiva day school?
Is there a mikva?
Is there an orthodox shul?
Is there a yeshiva high school?
Is there a girls high school?December 11, 2011 5:32 pm at 5:32 pm #834275aries2756Participant
the first thing to do when you are offered such a position is to acknowledge where it came from and what it means. Then call the local Chabad in that area and find out what the Jewish community is like in that area and the neighboring areas and don’t be a snob about it. Mishaneh makom mishaneh mazal and sometimes moving to a smaller community is a wakeup call.December 11, 2011 8:00 pm at 8:00 pm #834276commonsenseParticipant
Sam2, kosher food might not be a huge problem but how about a minyan? and if he has kids, other jews to be around for positive influences. there is much more to where you live than just the availability of kosher food.December 11, 2011 8:49 pm at 8:49 pm #834277DovidMMember
I suppose that what we would call the boondocks now is nowhere as bad as it would have been in our grandparents’ day. Is the exile to the boonie’s permanent, or more like 5 to 7 years?
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