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June 9, 2007
June 3, 2010 9:59 PM
great movie. will smith pulled off yet another one
December 20, 2007 12:25 AM
Yes!! Why do we exert so much effort on a curse??
Yes i think people today spend too much time working! the obligation to work for our food was a curse brought upon us by the sin of Adam Harishon! it's a curse and people make it their life!!! it's like getting a parking ticket for 50 bux and then running to the courthouse to pay 100 bux with a big smile and a fat thank you! True we have to work, one cant rely on a miracle, but y work the overtime to make that extra buck?? do what is necessary and that's it! G-d ordains on Rosh Hashana EXACTLY how much $ we are to make that year. NO MATTER HOW MUCH OVERTIME YOU DO YOU WILL NOT MAKE A CENT MORE THAN THAT PRE-ORDAINED AMOUNT! People think that its up to them to work as hard as possible and if they work their tuchises (rear-ends)off then they think "wow, all the hard work paid off-i really earned all the money I've recieved." but what people don't realize is that you're not working for your boss, you're working for THE boss! Hakadosh Baruch Hu!! (the Holy One Blessed Be He)!! it's ALL up to Hashem (G-d), He just puts u in a work environment with a boss as his messenger to pay you the money you need. We should stop concentrating on how much money we CAN make, and start concentrating on how much $ we NEED to make, and the rest of our time can be spent doing things that AREN'T a curse for us, like learning the Torah Hakedosha (the Holy Torah), or doing Chessed (acts of loving kindness, or davening (praying)to The Creator of the universe. Then we will see that we have exactly what we need and we can live happy lives devoted to our real "job"-being the best Eved Hashem (servant of G-d)we can possibly be.
September 30, 2007 8:30 AM
I don't think the problem is too much work; but rather, the kind of work being done. You could work too much in the field, and only ensure more bounty. You could work too much in the factory, and ensure that you get a $0.07 raise, that doesn't offer enough monetary gain at the end of the day to buy an extra candy bar. It seems that almost all work has become disconnected with results beyond career advancement.We go and work to help produce thousands of unnecessary Lipsticks, to buy a bag of below par apples from half way across the world, when there is an apple tree in the front yard.
June 28, 2007 1:42 AM
the family as a whole is depleating because people want lavish lifestyles. You have to work double just to make ends meet
June 26, 2007 9:38 PM
some work, some escape
sometimes I'm not so sure how blessed I am to have been able to be mostly a stay at home mum and work from home, I wear many hats some with pay, most without pay... there's no 'leaving' the workplace, there's no escaping anyone or anything, 'we' are together 24/7, including on Shabbat in a mixed marriage; all the more to make my home look different for Shabbat, and do as many Shabbat mitzvots as possible, and the kids can count on me being here for and with them - on Shabbat I learned to play and listen more than any other day with my family. I'm not playful, and order them around too much. That in itself was work, but also personal growth through Torah, so worth it. Yes, too many people work too much and avoid personal growth. This is evident at personal growth seminars. Thank G-d I am a Jew.
June 25, 2007 6:59 AM
Can't get a good man down!!
Can't get a good man down!
June 19, 2007 2:00 PM
Work, Live and Play
Us Jews, we did not survive these thousands of years in exile, by sitting around on our buttocks, contemplating the fluff in our navels. We survived through many things, and one of which is the Lord's commandmants. You work six days a week, and then take a day off--it is commanded. Of course, there are times when you have to work on the seventh day--when your animals need to eat, or someone is giving birth or some other dire important reason. People today are so soft, they feel a four day work week is simply too much, and that spirituality and sitting around on your buttocks is the same thing. The video is just a portion of the big picture that was played out. The rest is a great story that many more people, who sit around on their thumbs all day, worrying about life and then envying those who have mroe than them. And there are many women and men who would love to have the leisure to do that, and because they have, are able to make the lives of others better. Commandments are not just fuzzy things written in Hebrew that look nice on the wall, you have to live them, so go to work! And when you play, and when you pray, do that with even more susto than you do when you work. Only then, you will have your priorities straight.
June 17, 2007 12:09 AM
Well in my opinion someone who works all the time without devoting some of his precious time to his family and himself is unhealthy. But, on the other hand, at times it could be good. Only, if their is some substantial gain that would benifit everyone else, that's when I feel working is productive. But to answer the question, I think many people are workaholics and spend to much time thinkig about themselves and their unaccomplished goals.
June 14, 2007 7:38 PM
Yehudi L'an Atah Holech?
Where you going? As a student, the more years of study, definetely builds a much stronger and richer jew. A richer jew- in the sense of being able to work in the future with a peace of mind knowing where all this toiling ends. (From the Ramban: Where did you come from? Nothing. Where you going? Dirt. In front of who are you being tried? The One Above.)
June 14, 2007 1:06 PM
too much time at work, too little joy
I am a work widow, or computer widown fashioned like the golf widows of the past. However this is more dismal than it looks, because it appears that my Husband does not enjoy or gain comfort from all the hours he pust into his job. He also works hard on his PhD. and although that is work, too it gives him a personal sense of accomplishment. I wonder, though, if when he is finished, he might be able to put more time and effort into our relationship. Never having learned how to have fun, He thinks that working his brain until it goes out at night is what life is all about.
C J Landau,
June 13, 2007 8:45 PM
What a warped sense of priorities !!
I would never work in a job where I felt my presence there was so important that I would forget what's truly important. This man's priorities are so far out of whack it's terrible.
June 13, 2007 5:00 PM
Money is the American Idol/Idolatry
Yes American's work more then spending time with children, spouse, and their creator. In the end they don't get to enjoyit because their too busy making it. Leaing it as inheritance for children tha don't appreciate it because it cost them nothing!
June 13, 2007 12:25 PM
We are told to work six days.
It is not how mutch we work but for what or whom we realy work. What does our master look like?
June 12, 2007 9:59 PM
The beauty of the movie is how a man believes in what he can achieve and pursues his goals without letting of his family. He doesn't leave his wife, she does! And by the way, if you remember the scene, where he could have had the choice to drop his son at the shelter alone, but he doesnt do that. He is like an ideal father, who sticks with his son in the worst conditions, fights for survival and most important doesnt give up. Beautiful movie and very inspiring!
June 12, 2007 7:49 PM
Not sure? Ask.
If you're not sure whether you are working too much, or, if you think you are NOT working too much, just ask each of your family members. You may be surprised at the responses. Sometimes "Less is More". I left a husband who never felt that he had enough. I was always waiting for "the end of the fiscal year", "the end of the current project", his return from traveling, etc. in order to have some quality time. I finally left the big house, the hot tub on the deck, and the custom kitchen for my cozy rental apartment. I have less materially, but so much more spiritually, thanks to Aish HaTorah and commitments and decisions I have made. Work is an important part of life, no doubt, but it is, just one piece of the pie. Balance is the key (...and the Rambam will back me up on that one!)
June 12, 2007 6:03 PM
It is up to the individual to prioritize, but life will take its own way!
There is always a give and take when attempting to balance between ones family life and career. It ultimately depends on what we see as true value. Circumstances beyond our control and our instinctive drive to survive will inevitably prioritize most aspects of our lives. As long as our values stay in tact, short term compromise strengthens ones resolve and creates a greater appreciation towards ones family. As a single father, I can only say that I appreciate the many things that most couples take for granted with their children. While money is very important for the care of ones family, quality time together is priceless.
June 12, 2007 3:23 PM
Agree with Kate and in addition....
Notorious B.I.G said it best: you're either slinging crack rock or you've got a wicked jump shot. The character portrayed by Will Smith in this film simply went about making a living in a more Jewish fashion - he became a stock broker.
June 12, 2007 11:18 AM
In some cases
Sometimes you cannot choose to work less and still have a job that earns enough to live on.This movie, Pursuit of Happyness, is actually very "moving" and it seems like the clip is taken a little out of context, because the guy in the movie is working incredibly hard to support his son and try to give him a better life. He's not working in order to have additional luxuries. See the film!
June 12, 2007 11:03 AM
don't forget the family
Yes, too many of us are too driven to remember our priorites. Ambition, success, wealth, those are all part of the American dream. But keep in mind that if you sacrifice a marriage or your children to persue those mightly goals, you only have once to get it right. You don't get a dress rehearsal. So be sure to keep a balance, and set a required time to spend with family and commit to it. It will be too late when you realize later in life that you wished you spent more time with your kids when they were growing up, and now it's too late. Life is too short, and family must come first. Persue the dreams, but don't neglect what is most important, family. I've never heard of anyone in their sickbed, at the end of their life complaining that they didn't work enough. But typically, that becomes the time, when the realization comes that time spent with family, and friends are so very important and so very precious. Then it's too late. Do it now.
June 11, 2007 3:58 PM
Yes, people do spend too much time working. Sometimes we forget about the most important things in life...family, friends and ourselves
June 11, 2007 1:56 PM
One of the blessings of Shabbos is that for 25 hours, we gain control of our lives. If the phone rings, we don't bother to answer it, because we own the phone , not that the phone owns us. The same goes for internships at 'Dean-Witter'. We, by observing Shabbos, show that we are in control of our own lives. As a wise jew once said," Shabbos means 'SHAH BOSS'.You don't have to be struck by a car to figure this one out, just be "struck" by the idea.Once you gain control of your self in this area, you can also follow through with other areas i.e. kosher, family purity,etc. Hey, who is in charge of you anyway????
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