By the Sweat of Your Brow: Reflections on Work and the Workplace in Classic Jewish Thought

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In these nine essays, Schnall (a Rabbi, as well as a scholar of management and administration at Yeshiva University) considers the place of work in Jewish biblical, talmudic, and religious literature. He argues for the inherent dignity of labor, the rights of workers to be treated with respect, and the need for time devoted to other pursuits, including family life, community, and personal spiritual growth. He also addresses issues of interest to managers, like productivity, safety, public employment, and the role of unions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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In this collection of essays, Professor Schnall summarizes the primary attitudes and values of Jewish religious culture as it confronts and responds to the role of work and the workplace. He insists that the place of the worker and the mutual obligations that tie worker and employer to a vision of ethics and morality are "ordained by the word of God." Schnall draws from such sources as the Hebrew Bible and its classical commentaries, the Talmud, the rulings of early Jewish authorities and their reasoning in response to specific cases and petitions brought before them, the codes of Jewish law and tradition collected during the last 15 centuries, and modern works that apply this tradition to new economic structures and technologies that support them. The author concludes that productive labor is equated with life itself, and that workers should be treated with respect and compassion. His insights and reflections on the subject are both lucid and persuasive. George Cohen
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