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Just Breathe: Work, Identity & Shabbat

Who are you without your titles and profession?

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Published: December 29, 2013

Visitor Comments: 3

(3) Ester Devorah, January 2, 2014 6:51 PM

Feeling important vs. being important...

I am a scientist and have no comment on how 'good' or not that I am in my profession, however I have found in my many years working in labs and universities, that those who are truly great at their work are usually the most approachable and the most humble about 'tooting their horn'. It seems that who need to let people know how important they are, are usually not... The truly great don't feel the need to expose themselves. On Shabbos, I am much happier if I can fit in and just be a person instead of dwelling on what I do the rest of the week. After all, it is all a gift from Hashem, and for us to take credit, seems arrogant...

(2) Anonymous, December 30, 2013 8:20 PM

also impressive

that the doctor, despite his apparent prestige, didn't try to impress you with stories of his medical skills or fame.

(1) Denise Rootenberg, December 29, 2013 11:59 PM

A great reminder

I think that sometimes Jews put more emphasis on their jobs than non-Jews do - "the doctor", "the lawyer", "the accountant". I absolutely love Shabbat as a guilt-free break from the rest of the week. I truly believes it keeps me alive.

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