Should a girl who is studying to be a lawyer practice in criminal court and get the experience she needs by defending criminals?
I want to start this question a little earlier. Should a girl study to be a lawyer altogether? No! A girl should study to be a housewife! It’s a tragedy when girls go for a career.
Now, I know that the girl who asked the question is right here, but listen to me. People have to know what’s good for their future, what’s good for their happiness. If a woman is independent and she has her own career, she’s a misfit in her home.
A woman has to be only a housewife and nothing more. It’s of the utmost importance to realize that a man has to make a living, but a woman has to create a future generation. And in case she cannot, she has to build a home anyhow. And building a home is a full time job. It’s a masterpiece when the wise woman learns how to create a true Jewish home. And it needs all of her talents.
And therefore, isn’t it a waste? You can get a tramp, a bum, to be a criminal lawyer – which they are. Nobody should be a criminal lawyer! But to take a good Jewish girl and waste her neshama and waste her talents in standing in a gentile court and speaking about criminals, it’s a pity. It’s taking diamonds and using them instead of stones.
TAPE # 536 (January 1985)