With Pesach approaching, I cannot help comparing…

I work as a therapist in a private clinic. If I were living abroad, I’d be wondering if I can take the day off; if the patients that are scheduled for this day are Jews; if they are observant; can I afford to take the day off or should I try and re-schedule them.

I’d be torn… should I work on the holiday, perhaps?

In Israel, the question doesn’t even come up!

Like most people here, I don’t work on shabbat and Jewish holidays. Schools are closed on those days, as are most workplaces. Even hospitals work only in emergency mode. Everybody knows that this is a holiday and nobody expects to have an appointment on this day.

Nobody even thinks of asking if I work on the holiday…


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