Rav Yisroel Salanter, the 19th century ethicist, noted that it takes much more moral strength to be a businessman with integrity than to be a rabbi. The moral challenges presented by the rough and tumble of the business environment far outweigh those faced by your typical rabbi, who may be shielded from the realities of the “real” world. While the businessman faces temptation on a daily basis, it is the rare shul where, for example, davening mincha poses an ethical challenge.
The ever-increasing costs of Jewish education have been the focus of many articles recently, including at least three in the Canadian Jewish News just this past week. The unaffordable cost for many in our community of attaining a Jewish education is not a new phenomenon. The Talmud (Bava Batra 21a) explains that since the obligation to teach one's children is a parental duty, in the early years of our history "whoever did not have a (learned) father did not learn Torah".