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Work in Formative Judaism
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The sages see Israel as a sacred society, “a kingdom of priests and a holy people,” and, within that context, quite logically, they view work not as a mere secular necessity but as a sacred activity. Thus they situate their definition of work within their larger statement of what it means to form holy I…

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Neusner, Jacob, “Work in Formative Judaism”, in: Encyclopaedia of Judaism. Consulted online on 19 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-9029_EJ_COM_0196>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004141001, 20040701



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