As young Jewish people enter the workplace, they might wonder what the Torah dictates as far as their responsibilities and the level of devotion they are to have to their job. The Torah is quite clear on the subject, and it provides vital pieces of wisdom that are suitable for everyone to live by.
Those who do work for others are admonished to do the work well, to the best of their ability. The laws of hire state that if you work for someone, you should work diligently and not waste away the day, stealingmoments for yourself. The Torah speaks of people like Jacob who put all their effort into the work they did for others.
But the work one does is not the focus of the Torah. Devotion to God and close adherence to the Torah is more important than working. And yet when work is beingdone, it should be done with all of one’s effort. Jewish workers have the potential to be the very best at what they do, especially if they heed the teachings of their religion. These teaching give them the instruction they need to do well and focus on their work properly.
If your job is performing bathroom renovations, you should be the best bathroom renovator you can be. But you shouldnot let the job consume you to the detriment of your religion and your focus on God. You should learn your trade and ensure that you know it well, giving no one a reason to doubt your ability and work ethic. Performing great bathroom renovations means little if you are not heeding God’s purpose for you.
But too many people allow their work to consume them. If you allow your work to pull you away from your family or God, then you are not putting your priorities straight. You should so well at the work you do, but you should not let it detract from your devotion to a higher purpose.…