My Homeland, a.k.a the Elephant in the Room

Sometimes being an Orthodox Jew in the workplace goes beyond the awkwardness of keeping kosher, early Fridays, and an endless array of religious holidays. Sometimes, it comes with the tension of saying the word Israel. Yeah, I'd say it can be pretty contentious. Especially when it gets news coverage (i.e. always). Whenever I say I'm [...]

What’s in a Bagel?

Beygeling (or Bageling) definition: Inserting a Jewish phrase or concept into a conversation in order to determine whether the other person is or isn't Jewish. Or to let them know that you're part of the tribe. A couple of weeks ago my good friend was chatting at work with a group of colleagues about the best [...]

Top 10 FAQs I get as an Orthodox Jew in the Workplace

I'm lucky to be surrounded by some pretty amazing colleagues. They are also very curious (in a good way!). Here are the top ten most commonly asked questions and my attempted responses. Number one undoubtedly goes to: #1 What makes something kosher? The varying levels of responses may include: The basics: We don't mix meat and [...]

The Cupcake Conundrum

I think I can sum up the introduction to my comical and challenging experiences of navigating Orthodox Judaism in the workplace to: The first day of my first job outside the Jewish bubble. That day also happened to be the last for somebody else. And, like many farewell office parties that would follow since, someone brought [...]