Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Mitzvos Relating to Our Fellow Man

31: Rights and Obligations of an Employee

"When you go [to work] in the vineyard of your friend, you may eat grapes as you desire, to your fill." (Devarim 23:25)

The Torah gives us guidelines as to when and how to allow workers to snack from the produce thay are processing. The workers, however, are cautioned not to overeat, thus taking unfair advantage of their employer. They may refrain from eating until they get to that which they desire more (Rambam, Hilchos Sechirus 12:11)

The worker may not take food for his wife and children, only for himself (ibid.).

A worker may not work both during the day and at night, for then he will not be fully functioning for his employers. He may not starve himself, for then he will not be able to work energetically (ibid. 13:6).

A worker must be careful not to waste any of his employer's time. Similarly, he must work with all of his energy, as Yaakov Avinu said: "With all of my strength, I served" (Bereishis 31:6). This is why Yaakov became so fabulously wealthy (Rambam, Hilchos Sechirus 13:7).


Text Copyright 2007 by Rabbi Moshe Goldberger and Torah.org.


 

ARTICLES ON BESHALACH AND TU BESHVAT:

View Complete List

Pride and Prejudice
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5756

Was It Really Fair-oh?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763

Seamless Song
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5766

> Every Good Deed Rewarded
Shlomo Katz - 5762

Seeing the Hand of God
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5773

Parnasah: Wherein the Toil?
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5768

Looking for a Chavrusah?

On the "Sent" of Freedom
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

Trying Experience
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5765

A Seamless Integration On A Higher Plane
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5774

ArtScroll

A Wise Person Takes Bones
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

The Essence of Song
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5758

A Table in the Wilderness
Shlomo Katz - 5758

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Song of Moses and Isreal
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5774

The Two Loaves
Shlomo Katz - 5773

The Spiritual Effect of Tasting the Manna
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

A Time to Sing
Shlomo Katz - 5774



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information