On Tuesday, I was invited to deliver the invocation at the Tucson Mayor and City Council. Before it began, two real estate developers were chatting with me about workload.
"It's like we work too hard these days," one of them quipped.
He is not alone. A national study by the Families and Work Institute found that over half of U.S. employees felt overworked or overwhelmed in 2017.
This phenomenon has been foreseen by the Torah.
In this week's readings of Vayakhel-Pekudei, G-d instructs: "Six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have sanctity, a day of complete rest to the Lord."
The language of this instruction is different from the Ten Commandments. There, it uses a proactive phrase: "Six days you shall labor and do all your work."
The Rebbe explains that the passive instruction is to remind us that although one has the responsibility to make a living, work should have its limits.
We ought to be dedicated and invested in what we do and dream big. But we shouldn't be losing ourselves to work.
Why? Because every endeavor of ours is ultimately dependent on G-d's blessings. The Torah reminds us to work hard and put our trust in G-d to make it a success.