There are so many Jewish holidays where Jews are forbidden to work—what if they have a job?

Posted by Vera Ferris on September 22nd, 2010 and filed under Jewish Holidays | 8 Comments »

Purim, Passover, Shavuot, Tish’a B’Av, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah–are there others?

What do they do if they have a family to support and have to work?

I’m a religious orthodox Jew – most places understand that your religion means you can’t work. So we work overtime on other days, and take over when there are Christian holidays (depending on the job). We have to get creative sometimes…

As for the holidays, it is only the 3 biggies from the Torah that we cannot work on plus Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

So, RH and YK, plus Shavuot – no work.

Sukkot and Passover – No work on 4 of the 8 days (Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are part of Sukkot).

Purim – You can work, but usually you spend all day doing the customs of giving gifts to friends and the like, so most people take off work.

The bigger question would be how do we work when EVERY SATURDAY we can’t work….

8 Responses

  1. Yahcal613 Says:

    excuses, and tradition of men… Yahweh told us to rest from our work as He did His and to become a servant, a blessing to others
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  2. Zvi Says:

    I’m a religious orthodox Jew – most places understand that your religion means you can’t work. So we work overtime on other days, and take over when there are Christian holidays (depending on the job). We have to get creative sometimes…

    As for the holidays, it is only the 3 biggies from the Torah that we cannot work on plus Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

    So, RH and YK, plus Shavuot – no work.

    Sukkot and Passover – No work on 4 of the 8 days (Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are part of Sukkot).

    Purim – You can work, but usually you spend all day doing the customs of giving gifts to friends and the like, so most people take off work.

    The bigger question would be how do we work when EVERY SATURDAY we can’t work….
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    I’m a Rabbi

  3. Friendly Neighbourhood Atheist Says:

    They can use their Annual Leave entitlement of course.
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  4. Newell Says:

    I work for Los Angeles City Schools. A lot of teachers are Jewish out here, (I’m not) so we get off Rosh Hashonah and Yom Kippur, because you can’t get enough substitute teachers on those days. In think in big cities, you have a lot of Jews, and know about the holidays, and people make allowances. If you are Jewish and taking off for a Jewish Holiday, that’s not really the same as just goofing off, and most people recognize that.
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  5. not 2 B fooled Says:

    If you ever get the possibility of going to Jerusalem, your question may be answered – the men who work in the elevators to push the buttons for the different floors are not there on their Holy Days; the elevators stop at every floor :]
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  6. EddieJ Says:

    Most Jews work on most of those holidays except for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kipper.
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  7. Lone_Ranger, Messianic Israelite Says:

    I am a follower of Messiah Yahshua and I have not worked on the Biblical Sabbath nor the High Holy Days of Leviticus 23 since 1985, when i first learned the truth. I work retail, in a postion that requires 7 day availability. It is a matter of letting your employer know what your priorities are and seeing what you can work out with them as far as scheduling. Mine is pretty flexible, I get 2 days off a week and the Sabbath is a fixed day off the other one floats. I can use it for a Holy Day if needed. I also have vacation days which I can schedule, and do schedule, to make sure I have the High Days off.

    This question is pretty common. It comes down to who will you serve? Will you find a way to serve the Creator God or not?

    http://www.coghomeschool.org/site/cog_archives/booklets/which_day_is_the_christian_sabba.htm

    http://www.coghomeschool.org/site/cog_archives/booklets/Pagan%20Holidays%20Or%20Gods%20Holy%20Days%20Which.htm
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  8. The angels have the Arc Light. Says:

    I use my annual leave as needed.

    I’m guessing from the way that you’ve worded the question that you’re in a job based on hourly wages and that, if you miss some of those hours for any reason, you can’t make them up.

    Those are lousy working conditions. Common, but lousy and for the benefit of the employeers, not the workers. If you are in that position, have you tried to get something better?
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