Work is where we spend most of our waking hours, and something we think about even when we’re not working. It's such a big part of our lives that Judaism makes a point of requiring us to refrain from it for one day a week (#Shabbat). We hope you are inspired by and find meaning in your work.

We're not slaves anymore. At least take Shabbat off.

Work Readings

What Is A Meeting?

-A JewBelong Original

Jewish meetings often start with a D’var Torah or Drash which is a short talk with a lesson that usually takes inspiration from the week’s Torah portion. When a D’var Torah is done well, it is a moment before getting into the business of the meeting, to connect, remember why they are there, and hopefully be a little inspired too. The concept of the D’var Torah is the inspiration for this Meeting Blessing, which is a JewBelong original.

First line: What is a meeting? Last line: May we use our time well and experience even a small measure, of satisfaction, insight, and comradery for with that, our success can add joy and meaning to the world…

Your Talent Determines What You Can Do

-Lou Holtz

A football player/college coach wrote this short one. Also good for a T-shirt.

First line: Your talent determines what you can do. Last line: Your attitude determines how well you do it…

Your Work Is Going To Fill A Large Part Of Your Life

-Steve Jobs

Warning… depending on how you feel about your job, this reading might make you feel s*#tty. If that’s the case, think of this reading by Steve Jobs as, well… aspirational.

First line: Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. Last line: Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it…

May Your Work Excite Your Heart

-John O’Donahue

Okay, not kidding, if you are a manager and read this to your group at work, they might think you are a little sappy, but inside they will love you.

First line: May your work excite your heart, kindle in your mind a creativity to journey beyond the old limits of all that has become wearisome. Last line: May it challenge and refine you, bringing you every day further into the wonder of your heart…

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