Work as a Jewish Spiritual Practice
It is in the "real world" of work and commerce that Jewish values are tested and put into practice.
"'I shall walk before the Lord in the land of the living' (Psalm 116:9). Rav Yehudah said: That means the marketplaces' (Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 71a).
'Rav Yehudah said: A person who wishes to be pious must fulfill the laws of the tractates of Nezikin [the section of Talmud dealing with business laws] (Babylonian Talmud, Bava Kamma 30a).
"True piety is determined by one's attitude toward money, for only one who is reliable in money matters can be considered pious" (Zevi Hirsch Koidonover [Poland and Germany, 17th-early 18th century], Kav Ha-yashar).
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