A Jewish Thought on Labor Day

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laborday1It’s Labor Day once again, which brings up some very important questions: Where is the best Labor Day sale? Where did I put my dark hats?

Labor Day has been around since 1882; after 129 years, perhaps it’s time to dust off the holiday, shine some light on it and figure out what it’s all about. Or, more importantly, what it can mean to us.

Labor Day originated as a way to celebrate the hardworking folks of our nation, who toiled with muscle and sweat to build its infrastructure.

There were the people who thought up the ideas, created the companies and made the profits. But then there were the workers. They got up early in the morning and went to work carrying the burden of industry on their shoulders. Oftentimes the laborers are overlooked, and even taken advantage of. So the Central Labor Union came up with a day to remember the ones who do the work.

On the Jewish calendar, Labor Day always occurs in the month of Elul, the month of preparation for the High Holy Days. On Rosh Hashanah, we mark the anniversary of the creation of the human being, and rededicate ourselves to the purpose we fulfill in G‑d’s grand plan in creating the world. That purpose, theMidrash tells us, is that G‑d desired to have a dwelling place in the lowest realm.

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