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I’m the Breadwinner

Dear Rabbi and Susan, You mentioned in your recent podcast that it is detrimental to a marriage when the woman is the primary breadwinner. What advice do you have for a wife who is the primary breadwinner when her husband is physically healthy but has chosen to be a househusband and won’t look for work?...

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Men Need Work

With a population of over 300 million people, America can be a statistical sociologist’s dream. Because doctors record so many details about patients, a treasure trove of medical data is available for research (we hope scrubbed of identifying information). Particulars of patients’ gender, height, weight, medications, and ailments are all there to be studied. When...

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I’m Heading a Fundraising Campaign for a School

Dear Rabbi and Susan, I’m spearheading the most important fundraiser for my daughter’s school as I write. I’m an entrepreneur and a salesman, so I enjoy using my skills in order to assure that my daughter and her friends have a proper Jewish education. My question is as follows. While I hate rejection, losing a...

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Starting a New Business

I would like to start a real estate investment firm, for two reasons. First, my employer reduced me to half-time, and second, I want to work from a home office so that I can help my wife with our child who has autism. The question is related to engaging in entrepreneurship while the spouse opposes...

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I Earn; She Won’t Spend

Dear Rabbi and Susan, I don’t expect an answer, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt trying.For context, I am a 29-year-old evangelical roofer, with about a $700k net worth. Our house is paid for and our insurance/utilities/electrical/heat/property taxes equal $420 a month. These last few weeks, I’ve been earning about $2,000 a day. My wife...

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My Employee is Having an Affair

Dear Rabbi and Susan, I have an ancillary employee that got caught by his wife having an affair. I do know through one of your Podcasts that you said that, “you cannot trust a person that his own wife does not trust” (due to an affair). It would really hurt our business without him (maybe...

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Is My Work Without Value?

I have been married for 3+ decades. Raised with traditional values. When our children were born, I became a stay at home, mom and eventually homeschooled our kids. I helped, periodically, with our businesses. Our kids are all becoming doctors, so they’ve been home, on and off, a little longer than the age of 18....

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Friendship: Worth the Work

How many friends do you have? In her book, Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships, National Public Radio’s Legal Affairs Correspondent, Nina Totenberg, writes movingly and eloquently about her friendship with a number of people, most particularly, Ruth Bader Ginsberg. This specific relationship spanned the years both before and after Justice...

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Do I Need To Go back

Dear Rabbi and Susan, Like so many others these days, I have a job that I can do mostly from home – I’m a software engineer. It’s great for my family. I can take the kids to school in the morning and on many days my wife and I even get to have breakfast or...

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Job Competition

Hello, Rabbi Daniel and Susan: After watching your show for a few years with my husband, I finally decided to email you. I have encountered a situation at work and would like your input on this. I am a Nurse Practitioner and want to transition to a specialty. There may be an opportunity coming up...

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