In April, we learned that the poorest municipality in the country by
income is Kiryas Joel, the Satmar Hasidic hamlet in Orange County, New
York. To anyone who knows the community, this was no surprise. The
families living there are younger, larger and more likely to be led by a
full-time student of Torah who is earning a pittance, if anything.
One might conclude that a life guided by ritual and rigorous reading of Torah leads to poverty.
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