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I found the recent cover story (“Striking a Balance: Work & Family” [winter 2012]) to be informative and the profiles extremely impressive. However, with the exception of one or two women, the interviewees tended to be career women rather than working moms. Most women I know work because they have to, and while they may enjoy what they do, their work does not rank ahead of their families. The daily struggles and the guilt that working moms often face were not adequately portrayed in the profiles. My critical comments aside, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about women who manage to have successful careers while retaining their commitment to Torah.
I was thrilled to see working mothers as the focus of your recent issue. However, I was disappointed that one of the women took a swipe at stay-athome mothers. Women need to support one another in our various life choices. Some stay-at-home mothers are home because they cannot afford to go to work; others are home because that is where they want to be. In my community, it is the stay-at-home mothers who enable the community to function. They coordinate shul events, help serve school lunch and oversee the lice checks in schools. When we belittle each other’s life choices, we belittle each other’s lives. I support my friends and their different approaches to life, work and parenting; it would benefit our entire community if we all did the same. DANIELA WEISS-BRONSTEIN Great Neck, New York
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The women featured in your cover story are successful and accomplished. Each has a strong support network which often includes a supportive and flexible spouse, a housekeeper and other outside help. But the twenty-first-century family does not always reflect the traditional makeup portrayed in the profiles. There are many successful Orthodox women who are single parents. Notwithstanding the many struggles they may face, these women are often successes both personally and professionally. Your article should have also included single mothers who juggle work and family and are able to provide a home with Jewish values for their children. DEBRA WEINER-SOLOMONT, MSW Jerusalem, Israel
JUDITH WEISS New York, New York
Does having a full-time working mother negatively impact an Orthodox Jewish family? According to the women profiled in the winter issue of Jewish Action, the answer is an emphatic “no.” The women describe schedules that made serious demands on their time, and they seem to think that those choices didn’t affect their families and their children. It would have been interesting— and to my mind, far more informative—to ask the family members of these superwomen how they viewed the fact that their mom/wife was working so hard. Were they really as okay with it as their mothers/wives seem to think? At the very least, the article should have featured women who are stay-athome moms as well. What sacrifices
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