[Avodah] economics 101

Ben Waxman ben1456 at zahav.net.il
Sat Jan 12 10:52:31 PST 2013

In modern terms, wouldn't this be called "made work", a type of welfare? 
It isn't like I find him a job programming or building or whatever and 
than he is economically independent. Rather, his continued parnasa is 
dependent on people willing to pay a higher price.  Therefore it is more 
akin to tzedaqa than parnasa because the normal rules don't apply.


On 1/11/2013 2:19 AM, Akiva Miller wrote:

I can't imagine why not, presuming that the TC's prices are truly above the market rate. If his prices are in line with what the expensive stores charge, then I am less sure. But even there, if you've established a pattern of avoiding the expensive stores, then I can certainly see the possibility.

In fact, rather than question whether this is tzedaka at all, I could argue that it is the ideal form of tzedaka, giving him a parnasa.

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