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Best way to explain to my boss that I cannot attend a team summit because it is on Rosh Hashana or any other Jewish Holiday

I have faced this problem several times - sometimes a holiday and sometimes Shabbat (directly, or not having time to get home). How I handle it depends in part on whether the plans can still be ...
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Was Rachav A Harlot (Prostitute)?

Targum Yonassan followed by Rashi (2:1) explain that she was an inkeeper (that "zona" in this context relates to the word "mazon" for bread). Radak explains that she was actually a prostitute and that ...
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Was Rachav A Harlot (Prostitute)?

The Talmud Bavli (Zevachim 116b, top) states quite plainly that she was a harlot: דאמר מר: אין לך כל שר ונגיד שלא בא על רחב הזונה. אמרו: בת י' שנים היתה כשיצאו ישראל ממצרים, וזנתה [כל] מ' שנה שהיו ...
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Is there a teaching that states, those who work deserve to be paid?

Wages must be paid to an employee, and paid on time: Vayikra 19:13: לֹֽא־תַעֲשֹׁ֥ק אֶת־רֵֽעֲךָ֖ וְלֹ֣א תִגְזֹ֑ל לֹֽא־תָלִ֞ין פְּעֻלַּ֥ת שָׂכִ֛יר אִתְּךָ֖ עַד־בֹּֽקֶר׃ You shall not defraud your ...
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Where does Chassam Soffer say Hillel needed a job

You may be referring to the Chidushei Chasam Sofer on Bava Basra 57b. The gemara there states as follows: בעא מיניה ר' יוחנן מרבי בנאה... שלחן של ת"ח כיצד שני שלישי גדיל ושליש גלאי ועליו קערות ...
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Best way to explain to my boss that I cannot attend a team summit because it is on Rosh Hashana or any other Jewish Holiday

I have faced this issue many times myself - or advised younger colleagues facing the same. A few thoughts I have found it critical to be very clear, direct and consistent. If you can explain that you ...
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Why was Rachel shepherding instead of Leah?

Ramban there offers a couple of reasons: Leah's eyes were weak (29:17), so the sun would be harmful to her. Precisely because she was older, so there was more of a concern that the shepherds would ...
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Using someone else's employee discount

I would think that the normal assumption for an employee discount would that it would be for the personal use of the employee and not for his friends and not for him to do business with. I am ...
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Is One Obligated to Honor Parents if it Involves a Loss of Income?

Shulchan Aruch in Yoreh Deah siman 240 siff 5 says one is required to lose work in order to honor his parents, even though this will cause the child to end up needing to collect money for himself. ...
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What is the greatest number of holiday days falling on weekdays in a year?

Between Purim and the next Shemini Atzeret the calendar is completely fixed (no leap years, leap days, etc.). The four possibilities are: Purim (F), Pesach (S-Sh), Shavuot (M), Tisha b'Av (S), Rosh ...
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Difference between the RamBam and Talmud Kiddushin 82a in list of jobs that posul a King/High Priest?

(If you're in a rush, skip to the last paragraph.) Let us first compare the texts to see what the discrepancies actually are. The Talmudic passage reads as follows: Kiddushin 82a תנו רבנן כל ...
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May a man become a gynecologist?

R Abraham Abraham (Nishmat Avraham, vol. 2, p. 134) writes that "Rav (Shlomo Zalman) Auerbach told me that a man may learn a medical or paramedical profession, since they involve pikuach nefesh". He ...
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Should you fire a Torah teacher if a better one is available?

The Talmud (Bava Batra 21a) presents the following dispute: ואמר רבא האי מקרי ינוקי דגריס ואיכא אחרינא דגריס טפי מיניה לא מסלקינן ליה דלמא אתי לאיתרשולי רב דימי מנהרדעא אמר כ"ש דגריס טפי קנאת ...
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Best way to explain to my boss that I cannot attend a team summit because it is on Rosh Hashana or any other Jewish Holiday

myjewishlearning.com has an article titled "How Do I Ask for the High Holidays Off?" which addresses how to handle this: First, provide straightforward information. Say, “You probably know I’m ...
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Halakha book for modern working place

The book Making it Work was released by Rabbi Ari Wasserman which contains discussions of many Halachic questions that arise in the modern workplace. The description is as follows: The modern day ...
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Is the observance of Jewish law/tradition "all or nothing"?

R' Ovadia Yosef in Yabia Omer 6, Y.D. 14, was asked by a religious girls school if it was better to enforce a dresscode which prohibited short skirts or pants, as the school had determined they would ...
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What did Levites do before they turned 30?

The Babylonian Talmud, in Tractate Chullin (24a), notes this contradiction in starting age and reconciles it by saying that Levites entered training at 25 and began to serve at 30. (From this we learn ...
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Anywhere in Torah speak about specific professions being praiseworthy and why?

As noted by Danny Schoemann in a comment, Kiddushin 82a - 82b lists some professions that are seen as praiseworthy (along with others that are not): Camel drivers (according to R. Yehudah) - because ...
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Working from morning until afternoon on Friday before Shabbath starts

From a strict halachic POV, if one hires Jewish "full-day" workers, they have to be sent home on Friday early enough to arrive home with enough time to fill a barrel of water and roast a ...
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Was Rachav A Harlot (Prostitute)?

There is a basic idea that whenever we have an opportunity to say good about a good person, we will. Likewise whenever there is the opportunity to say bad about a bed person we will. Rachav was a nice ...
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Talmudic personages and their occupations

I have not done my own detailed analysis by compiling an exhaustive and definitive review of the various rabbis mentioned in the Talmud and their respective vocations although a good reference is the ...
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Choice between financial success and Torah study

This is a loaded question that I am sure will generate a lot of feedback. The plain and simple answer is that each and every situation is unique and different, and therefore needs to be asked to a ...
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kallah not doing work during sheva brachos

The Maharsham (vol. 3 ch. 206) writes: ובדין הכלה תוך ז״י המשחה ומלאכתה לחפור בגדים אם מותר לה לתפור בביתה הדבר פשוט לענ״ד שאם בעלה מסכים לזה אין חשש כלל דמצות התורה הוא על החתן שישמח אשתו וגם בזה ...
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Mezuzah in the work place

He does not own or rent the space and has no legal or halachik right to it, therefore he is not obligated in a mezuzah. If he wanted to put one up, it could arguably be a problem since he might not be ...
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Washing for bread at work: how to avoid interruptions

Given that you wash your hands in the kitchen, I have found that bringing a piece of bread in a sandwich bag is a useful method. That way, you can wash, make the bracha, make hamotzi and take a bite ...
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May one drink Diet Coke owned by a Jew and not sold over Pesach?

Sidestepping the issue as to whether or not diet soda uses artificial sweeteners or corn syrup, lets go with the assumption that it's corn syrup. Yes you can drink it, because corn (and its ...
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Cannot speak Torah while working

His name was Abba Chilkiya the grandson of Choni HaMe'agel. The story is in Taanis 23a-b. אבא חלקיה בר בריה דחוני המעגל הוה וכי מצטריך עלמא למיטרא הוו משדרי רבנן לגביה ובעי רחמי ואתי מיטרא זימנא חדא ...
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Can you use a "kosher" called microwave at work?

This is a rather broad question, and it seems like you're seeking advice rather than a strictly halachic perspective. In general, if the microwave will definitely be used by only Jews and only kosher ...
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Can you use a "kosher" called microwave at work?

I fully agree with DanF's answer, that unless we know for sure that it's not being used for now kosher food, we should not rely on non-Jews to keep to the rules, either because of carelessness or ...
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Can a shliach be paid?

One of the Mitzvos which is normally done through a Shaliach-emissary, is teaching your son Torah Kiddushin 29b: ללמדו תורה:מנלן דכתיב (דברים יא, יט) ולמדתם אותם את בניכם. Where do we know one ...
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