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Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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April 2, 2014

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Jewish World Review August 31, 2007 / 17 Elul, 5767

Labor Day can take the heat — and cold

By Lori Borgman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I am working at the computer, in a room that is a cool 72 degrees, thanks to air-conditioning. I mention this because it is 90-something outside.


With matching humidity. It is sweltering. Suffocating. The air is "close" as my father-in-law would say.


The lawn has browned to a crisp, the impatiens have gone limp and the grasshoppers are having a blast.


I have just returned from a run to the post office. En route, I passed a trash truck manned by one guy who does both the driving and the picking up, a mowing crew riding Dixie Choppers and wielding hand-held weed eaters, workmen installing guttering on a house and construction workers putting a new fašade on the entrance to a big box discount store.


We all gripe about our jobs from time to time, but nobody is more entitled to gripe than those who slug it out with the elements, the blistering heat, the scorching sun, the biting cold.


Manual laborers were the impetus for Labor Day. And the building of America. Even today, though much of our work is done through technology, the infrastructure that supports it - the cell towers, the cable lines, the planes and airports that connect us, the automobiles and interstates — are largely constructed by workers in boots who wear hard hats and carry their lunches in foam coolers and metal buckets.


They are not to be confused with the other type of workers, the ones in suits and white shirts grabbing their morning lattes. No, these are the workers that guzzle Big Gulps from the gas station. They are the ones with T-shirts sticking to their backs when they lumber into McDonald's for lunch. They are the ones that drive with the windows down.


They have skin the color of bronze and arm muscles that bulge because they get up every day and go to a job site, not because they meet with a trainer at the gym.


Manual laborers are the ones that have bad knees by their 40s and bad backs by their 50s. And they have something else — pride.


There is something immensely rewarding about tangible work, the ability to stand and point at something concrete and say, "I made that. I framed that building. I wired that section. I laid those bricks. I logged that stand. I paved that road. I tiled that floor."


The Empire State Building was built by tradesmen and craftsmen in only one year and 45 days. One hundred and two floors, 210 columns of steel soaring more than 1,252 feet into the air. Marvelous black and white pictures documenting the construction show iron workers and riveters walking on beams, dangling from scaffolding, climbing and crawling on a giant frame of steel.


Work is important to us all. It is the second question we ask. "Where are you from?" and "What do you do?"


We all work, in some fashion or another. We work to provide for our families, to eat and pay the bills. But we also work for the satisfaction of creating, nurturing and producing.


In his famous book "Working," compiled 33 years ago, Studs Terkel concluded that work was a search for "daily meaning as well as daily bread" Here's to Labor Day and the American worker.

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