I suspect you are reading into this profession a century's worth of temperance
propaganda. Rashi was a vintner, and I suspect that in the USA during prohibition
many rabbis served shnapps to their congregants after davening, no questions asked
regarding origin. In any case, not only was it sometimes necessary for rabbis to
have another job, but in fact it was required by Jewish law; only Leviim were
permitted to make a living exclusively >from serving the community religiously.
Rabbis /should/ have had a profession besides Rabbi. a principle honored more
in the breach, alas.
Russell A Maurer firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
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