Am I depriving someone of a job

January 4th, 2017 Posted by Ask the Rabbi 13 comments


I read an article in the newspaper which mentioned that older workers need to retire at 55 so that young people can get jobs. Am I depriving youngsters from getting jobs?



Dear Siti,

The short and simple answer is NO. The article you read ignores the fact that God created each and every one of us as unique individuals with unique contributions to make to society. Your job is to continue working and adding value to the life of others.

God didn’t put Adam in The Garden to work it only until a younger person who needed a job came along. A growing garden means jobs for all who wish to work. What is more, it is a common fallacy to think that a person with years of experience behind him can be replaced by a young first-time-job-seeker. Not true.

If you are in a job where you are still working only because you have tenure, or union rules or the threat of a lawsuit make it impossible for your employer to fire you, that might be another case. If you look at yourself honestly in the mirror and say, “I add no value to my workplace. All I do is pick up a paycheck,” then we agree with the article that it is time to quit. 

There is not a finite number of jobs. The best way to add jobs for young people is to minimize regulations and taxes that hinder business growth and to instill good work habits in the young. In a free, open and ethical work environment there are plenty of opportunities for all, young and old, to make their contributions and receive a paycheck for a job well done.

So keep working your garden and pray that the government does nothing to keep the garden small and that people keep having children and raising them properly.

Keep working,

Rabbi Daniel and Susan Lapin

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Charlie says:

I’m no expert but I am not familiar with a lot of scripture that discusses retirement. Work 6 days rest 1 then repeat. Seems simple. I appreciate that God keeps it simple for us.

Akanna says:

I’m just excited that “Madam, I’m Adam” is finally on sale! Been waiting forever! Heading to the store now!!

You are really working your garden, RDL. And part of that garden is my life because I’ve seen fruits in just one year of being exposed to you through a ‘coincidental’ YouTube search result on “Jews and money”.


Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

Cheers Akanna–
thanks so much! Nothing is a coincidence–we were meant to find one another.

siti says:

Thank you very much for answering my question. Here in Malaysia the unemployment rate is very high and that is why alot of resentment towards older workers.. Many employers here practise age discrimination as there is no law here against age discrimination. I will be doing my own business soon so no longer be communicating with people of

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

I get what you are saying Siti
and I pray that your own business grows and does wonderfully really soon.

siti says:

Negative mentality

Warren Wars says:

I’m sure the Millinneals think they can do your job because the schools have taught them they are equal to their elders. And the government backs them up!

Rabbi Daniel Lapin says:

True Warren
what a mess 60 years of socialism has made. Sending a precious child to a GIC is just perilous. (that would be a Government Indoctrination Camp or public school to the uninitiated.)

George says:

Rabbi- this is not directed towards this post, but when are you going to do more TCT sessions with your wife. Re-runs are ok- but I really appreciate you two and the chemistry getting the wisdom out. Thanks

Susan Lapin says:

Hi George – they are editing and preparing the new shows we already taped now. We hope they will start showing soon. Thanks for being a faithful viewer!

rdlapin says:

Thanks George
and just to add to what Susan said, you can watch many episodes right here:

I didn’t even need to read your answer to know what you said. Still, this grasshopper will not try to snatched the the pebble from your hand.

rdlapin says:

Thanks Louis–
It’s great to be able to share ideas and values with like-minded people

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