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This was a originally a "middus Chassidus" in the time of the gemara. As time went on, in became a minhag of klal Yisrael and gained the status of a din, because everyone took it on. As explained below, the difference is based on whether or not one runs into difficulties at work. Talmud Bavli Kiddushin 31a, & Shabbat 118b. Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 2 ...

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