The Jewish Work Ethic

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.

images1If 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.…

Should Jewish People Put Their Religion on Their Resume?

What you decide to put on or leave off your resume can be a tricky subject. It really depends on a number of factors. You should consider what kind of job you are applying for, if the information you are considering is relevant, and if it will have an effect on the outcome of the hiring process.

You typically want to make yourself look as good as possible without being subversive or dishonest. This means picking and choosing what goes onto your application.

So should your religion be put on the application? Most applications will not ask for this kind of information. But if you attended a religious school or are part of a religious organization, then you may have little choice but to divulge that information on the application.

You should consider how you feel about discussing and expressing your religion in the workplace. If you think your beliefs will have an effect on your day to day work activities, then it is likely relevant to the hiring process. As a Jewish person, you may hold adamant beliefs that you wish to make known to your future employers. You may be proud of your heritage and your religion, and you don’t want to feel that they are being kept secret in any way.

And that’s fine, but you should also consider how the employers may feel about your religious beliefs. If you think they will have a problem with them, then you may want to consider just applying somewhere else entirely.

images1It would be like using a robotic vacuum cleaner, but trying to keep it unnoticed. Vacuums are typically loud and easy to notice, and you cannot vacuum near others without them knowing that you are doing it. The same can be said of many people’s religious beliefs. It is unlikely that you will be able to keep your religion on the down low, so there may be little point in concealing it.

For the most part, employers won’t care about your religion, if they don’t think it will interfere with your duties. But you don’t want to put them in an awkward position where you reveal after you have been hired that you need special considerations due to your religion.…

Finding and Holding a Job as a Jewish Person

If you are Jewish, you might think that there are some jobs that may not be open to you because of your religion. Many people don’t even try to apply to some positions because of the way they believe others will perceive them. But you might be surprised at how open and understanding most employers are about hiring people regardless of their beliefs.

Most employers will actually go out of their way to accommodate your religious beliefs and make sure that you feel comfortable. You might not get the same consideration from your fellow employees, but you can usually rest easy knowing that your employer has your back.

We’ve seen examples of major retailers accommodating employees that don’t believe they should have to sell alcohol. And other employers have been willing to grant their workers time to pray throughout the day.

The secret to making sure that you are accepted by your employer is not a secret at all. They typically don’t care what you practice or believe so long as you do the work and that your beliefs don’t greatly interfere with your performance. Just doing your work well and always being prompt and having a good attitude are enough for them to see past anything they may find disconcerting about your religion.

images1with your requests. Whether you drive chauffeured cars or work behindAs a Jewish person, you may want to ensure that you have the Sabbath day off. You will find employers of all kinds willing to work a cash register, you can still be very valuable to your employers and have a fixed schedule. But you should also be willing to chauffeur clients during off hours or work that register during holidays.

If you expect your employer to step up for you and go out of their way to accommodate you, then you should be willing to do the same for them.…

Being Accommodated in the Workplace as a Jewish Person

As a citizen, you are required to be accommodated for your religious beliefs at your workplace to a reasonable extent. This is supposed to happen whether you are Jewish or Muslim or Christian. But you should know that your religious beliefs can still affect the relationships you have with your coworkers and employer.

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Taking Care of Your Religious Needs

Reasonable accommodation covers a lot of bases. If you are required by your religion to be off work for a certain day of the week, then your employer is required to ensure that you are scheduled off. They cannot let this accommodation have any effect on your job performance review or on whether or not they decide to fire you or keep you on.

You cannot be forced to do any work that goes against your religion. For some religions that includes selling alcohol, and for others it may include working under certain conditions.

Your Religion Will Have an Effect

And while your employer is not supposed to take your religion into account for the way they treat you, it can still have an effect on your many work relationship. Keep in mind that some employers resent having to let employees be off on certain days. They don’t like being told how they can operate their business and treat their employees, even if it is the government doing so.

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice on your religious beliefs in order to appease your coworkers and employers, but keep in mind that will be affected by your religious choices. You can find amicable solutions in most cases by working out alternative arrangements with your employers.

For example, you may work at a tree service company, and they may normally stay open on weekends while you are required to be off. Consider offering your services to the tree service company for additional hours during the week to make up for that time off. And ensure that you are always on time to keep relations smooth with those whom you work for.

Know that your religious practices may not be ideal for your employer and try to find agreeable ways to work around your practices. Keep in mind that your employer is just trying to run a business and anything that is different from their daily routine can make them feel like they are losing control of the way their business is run. Accommodating your religion means that they have to be understanding of your needs, but you need to be understanding of theirs as well.

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The Employer-Employee Relationship and Jewish Teachings

A Jewish worker understands the natural imbalance of power that comes from the relationship between employers and employees, as it is a part of the Jewish teachings. They recognize that the employer holds the power and often has the ability to mistreat the employee with little fear of repercussion.

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A Jewish worker may be wary of this relationship, particularly that it does not turn into a servant and master relationship that is such a part of the Jewish history. Employers should realize the desire of many of their workers, not just the Jewish ones, to keep the balance of power as fair as possible. What may be perceived as insubordination may only be an attempt to keep the power levels at what is perceived to be a fair level.

The relationship between the employer and employee changes dramatically based on the way the worker is paid. If a worker is paid for completion of a task, hired on to do a single job, then they have more power in the relationship. This can allow the employee a greater deal of leverage with their employer. That’s not to say that they will abuse that other power by holding back work until they are paid, but it can give them more confidence.

This kidn of worker is the kablan, who has a very different kind of relationship from a po’el. The po’el is a worker who is paid by the hour and is typically a part of the regular staff at a business. This is the position described above. They may feel less power in the employer-employee relationship.

It can be a constant struggle between the employer and employee to make sure the work is done and to feel appreciated. It is similar to the struggle some people have with weight loss. There are definitive solutions, such as Garcinia, to help reduce weight. And with the workplace relationship, there is a solution as well. That solution most often comes in the form of mutual respect.…

Self-Employment Opportunities for Jewish People

As a Jewish person looking to enter the job market, you want to make sure you are not being held back by your preconceived notions about how others will treat you. You don’t want to gravitate only toward jobs where you know your religion and lifestyle is shared by those around you. This will limit your career options too much.

You might consider self-employment. If you are really worried about the kind of treatment you might receive from co-workers and employers, then you can simply become your own boss. Some of the hottest markets right now are being frequented by the self-employed entrepreneurs of the world.

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Just look at web design, which has taken off since the Internet bubble burst some years ago. Smart web designers and analysts are making good money by piggybacking off of some of the more successful companies out there like Facebook and Google. They are learning to help others make use of those companies’ tools to become successful.

Take Zynga, for example. This was once a small game development company that became one of the largest in the world thanks to making smart decisions with Facebook games.

There are industries outside of the internet where entrepreneurs are profiting greatly as well. The solar power business is taking off in ways people never expected a decade or two ago. With countries like the US and Australia subsidizing and incentivizing their people for switching to solar power, there is a lot of money to be madein the business. More and more people are transferring their power generation from conventional fossil fuels over to solar power. There are some great opportunities for aspiring business owners to take advantage of there.

This is just a sampling of what is available, but you should know that your options are pretty much limitless when it comes to self-employment. Being your own boss means that you won’t have to answer to anyone for what you believe and you won’t have to deal with ignorant co-workers. That can make it an appealing prospect for Jewish people who have had bad experiences in the workplace before.…

Breaking the Assumptions about Jewish People in the Workplace

Few religions are seen with as much ignorance and misconceptions as that of the Orthodox Jews. The main reason is because it’s just not topic that engenders much indignation or interest from everybody. Religions like Islam, Hinduism and certain Christian denominations all have their outspoken members. But Orthodox Jewish people typically keep their religion mostly to themselves.

This inclination for privacy can lead to some discomfort, awkwardness and outright ignorance in the workplace. When people don’t know why their coworkers do the things they do, they start making up explanations or misconstruing what they see.

Let’s take a moment to clear up some of the larger misconceptions out there. Keep in mind that not every Jewish person is the same, but these kind of misconceptions are applicable to the Jewish people in our experiences and what they would like to have known about their lifestyle.

Orthodox Jewish Women Cannot Work and They Are Subjugated

This is a blatant error that shows the kind of ignorance you will see about the religion. Many Jewish women do work, many even holding positions of authority as company heads, shopkeepers and law partners. Jewish women are private about much of their home life, because they value their privacy.

And the misconception about subjugation to men or their husbands in particular is wrong as well. While there are subjugated Jewish women out there in the world, that because there are some awful Jewish men who are abusing their religion.

Most Jewish people recognize the necessity of both men and women and their roles in family and public life. They are not kept like a car locked behind garage doors only let out to be occasionally admired. They have an important role in their family, and they exist in a sort of partnership with their husbands.

Kosher Food Is Only Food That Is Blessed by a Rabbi

This misconception partly comes from the idea of Jewish people prevalent on television and movies and a sense of confusion between Hindus and Jewish people. People on the outside looking in, tend to lump all the religions they don’t understand together. But this is ignorant and hurtful.

Actually, Jewish food does not need to be blessed; it simply has to exclude certain ingredients that are not considered kosher.

Clearing up some of the misconceptions about your coworkers or yourself if you are Jewish, can lead to a better understanding of one another. It can also open a dialogue about the Jewish religion and help people better appreciate its uniqueness.…