Category Archives: The Jewish Workplace

Competing Obligations Can Create Harmony: Physical and Spiritual Sustenance in the Workplace

Rabbi Aaron Alexander
November 29, 2012

The following responsum (teshuvah) was written by Rabbi Israel Isserlein, an Austrian luminary who lived from 1390 – 1460, and author of the Terumat Ha-Deshen.  Along with his rabbinical duties, he was known to dabble in money lending, an important piece of information for this particular piece. This is the fifth responsum in his collection. Translator’s More »


Do we have classes over the Chaggim?

Rachel S. Harris
November 23, 2012

My office doesn’t have a mezuzah on the doorpost, or a family photo on the desk. It is a fairly functional space which maintains my professional identity and from which my personal life is absent. Yet this balance between the public and private is disrupted every year on the first day of class, which is More »


The Jewish Workplace

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster
November 20, 2012

It’s a typical work from home Friday. I futz with the challah, started and refrigerated the night before, help my husband feed the girls breakfast and get them off to daycare, start to go through the pile of emails that have magically appeared overnight. Eventually I shower. While at the dry cleaners, with the clock More »


Growing Pains?

Rabbi Deborah Silver
November 14, 2012

I teach a ‘Melton class’ at my synagogue – the Florence Melton Mini-School four-part curriculum of Jewish studies for adults; it originates in Israel and it’s a great course for what I think of as the ‘wilderness generation’ of Jewish adults, who – like me – had rather a bitty Jewish education. The class was More »