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condensed from Ein Ayah, Berachot 9:251

Don’t Sit When You Should Be Working


Various Rabbis

Gemara:… and one may sit down on anything other than a beam.

Ein Ayah:Just as there is a moral lesson connected to the instructions where to lie, so there is a moral lesson about where to sit.
Sitting is a situation of resting in a manner that shows a conscious decision to do so. This is different from lying down, which demonstrates that one is so tired that he is no longer capable of continuing to function.
While it is always proper for a person to work, this is felt more strongly when there is material before him that is underdeveloped, which, so to speak, calls out: "Get up, work, and finish the job." One of the most basic areas of practical and earthly human work is construction. A beam is an object that can be turned into something of great value. It can be built into a structure and form an important part of it, or it can be formed into a utensil. However, it should not be used as the setting for an elective resting. There are too many obligations to see to for the worker to just sit around. The more promising the material is for the individual or the group, for physical or spiritual use, such as a beam, the more problematic it is to use it for nothing more than an optional rest.

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