My oldest son informed me over Shabbat that he has a job on Monday. What is his job? The senior’s residence near the school is going to be short of eligible men for a minyan (quorum of 10 men) on Monday and he has been asked to help make up the ten. For money. That’s right. They plan on paying him 5 bucks for every time they need him.
He’s 14. He’s thrilled at any prospect to make money.
He is not the type of kid that needs to be paid to do a mitzvah. On the contrary. If they would have just asked him to show up for davening Monday morning he would have gone anyway. Recently for a whole week that there was a shiva in my building he davened shacharit and mincha there as part of the minyan out of the kindness of his heart.
So I guess my question is “is it ethical to pay someone to do a mitzvah?” Discuss.