“Six Days Shall You Labor:” Perspectives on Work in Jewish Text and Tradition

By :  The Jewish Theological Seminary Posted On Oct 4, 2021 | Six Days Shall You Labor


Many of us spend more time at work than anywhere else over the course of our lives—but are we defined by what we do? In this text-based series, JTS scholars will explore ideas about the meaning of work and rest in Jewish tradition, Jewish social movements around work, as well as the roles that gender, geography, and shifting economic and social circumstances have played in Jews’ professional paths and our understandings of the meaning and value of work. View all sessions in the series


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Six Days Shall You Labor:
Shabbat and the Meaning of Work
with Dr. David Kraemer
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Even God Makes Time for Leisure:
Rabbinic Narratives About
God’s Work, Play, and Rest Schedule
with Dr. Sarit Kattan Gribetz
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The recording of this session is available upon request.
Please contact communitylearning@jtsa.edu for a link to the recording of this session.

The Work of Producing the Bible: Training and Writing of the Scribes of Ancient Israel
with Dr. Benjamin Sommer and Dr. David Carr
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The Jewish Middle Class in an
Age of Social Justice
with Dr. Nancy Sinkoff
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A Nice, Jewish Teacher:
How American Elementary Education Became “Women’s Work”
with Dr. Shira D. Epstein
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Jewish Work and Jewish Identity
in the Middle Ages
with Dr. Jonathan Ray
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If There Is No Bread, There Is No Torah:
The Other Careers of the Talmudic Rabbis
with Dr. Rachel Rosenthal
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How to Make Work Meaningful for Us: Exploring the Value of Work
in Biblical and Rabbinic Sources
with Rabbi Eliezer Diamond, PhD
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Maimonides at Work:
A Rabbi’s Workday in Medieval Egypt
with Dr. Tamar Marvin
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When Matzoh Bakers and Tallis Weavers Went on Strike: The Jewish Workers’ Movement
in Eastern Europe
with Dr. David Fishman
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“It is not up to you to finish the work” (Pirkei Avot 2:21):
On Striving for the Unattainable
with Dr. Alan Cooper
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