Throughout the years, the duties of the Jewish man were tied with religious work and formal education. With this concentration of religious duties, women were given the responsibility of aiding in the financial stability of the family.
Even though women had to contend with the financial pressure of the household, they also had to deal with the domestic stress as well, which entailed the cooking, the cleaning, and the raising of the children. The husband was usually gone all day dealing with religious affairs, and as a result, the women took charge of the house, including most social family matters and public sphere business.
Thus, the Jewish woman’s main career was taking care of the household. At face value this may not seem to have any religious significance, especially compared to the work of the men, however, that is not the case. The laws of kashrut, for example, put religious elements into the everyday life of Jewish women. According to Susan Starr Sered in her Women as Ritual Experts, kashrut “sacrilizes women’s everyday life” by making them prepare food a certain way to follow God’s will. While some may see this as putting an unnecessary burden on Jewish women, many view this as fulfilling - a type of worship that they can safely practice in their domain.