This just in: Those of you who have been following the news for the last few decades have not really understood what's going on. Sure there have been repeated announced by Chareidi leaders that work is trief and that it's better to live in poverty and be pure of Torah than to support oneself, etc. But this just shows you how you don't understand the community at all. To wit:
Knesset Finance Committee chairman Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) lashed out on Wednesday at Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz’s assertion Tuesday that chareidi communities are themselves partly responsible for the high unemployment in their ranks.
“Chareidi men want to work, chareidi women want to work,” he said. “The government doesn’t want to integrate them into the work force. This is an ideological battle.”
Gafni said the primary obstacles to chareidi integration into the work force come from the government, not from private employers choosing not to hire chareidim.
In other news, the Rubashkins were apparently unaware that their Postville Plant was a meat processing one. Stay tuned.