1. What is Rav's answer to Raba bar bar Hanan's first question of whether he was legally bound to return their clothes? What is his answer to the second question of whether Raba bar bar Hanan was legally bound to pay the workers their wages? How are these two answers different?
2. Why is Raba bar bar Hanan obligated to return the workers' clothes and give them their wages, in spite of the fact that they damaged his property? What does this teach us about how we should relate to poverty? Would Rav have provided the same answer if the workers had not been impoverished?
1. What is the difference between a worker and a servant? Does this text understand there to be one?
2. How does this text deconstruct the relationship between an employer and employee?
3. What can we learn from this text about workers’ rights?
1. How do the two interpretations of the verse differ? How are they similar?
2. In what ways are wages for work equal to life itself?
3. How can we understand this text in the world today?
Suggested Dsicussion Questions
1. How does Judaism view Poverty?
2. How should you treat someone who is at risk of becomming poor?
3. What type of obligation do we have to those in need? When are we repsonsible?
4. Is our respnsibility to the Jewish or wider community?
1. To whom do these rules apply?
2. What assumptions are made about the various players in the text?
3. Why is it so crucial that the worker is paid each day?
3. How does the poor person's crying cause a sin upon the employer? If the poor person does not cry out is the employer free of sin?
1. According to this text, who is the Sabbath for?
2. What is the connection between observance of the Sabbath and being freed from slavery?
3. How does our experience in Egypt impact the way we treat those who work for us?