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We live in a multicultural society, which has various religions. In our everyday lives, we will unavoidably meet diversified religion practitioners. Learning some of the religious traditions will be helpful and rewarding.
Judaism is one of the oldest religions in the world, which has many rituals and celebrations. It is difficult for us to remember all of them. But at least we should know the “shabbat”. The shabbat, or “repose” follows six days of workday activity. It begins on Friday at sunset and continues until nightfall on Saturday. Work is prohibited during this time. So buying, selling and negotiating are all acknowledged as prohibited activities for Jews during this period.
My landlord is a Jew, and he runs a Jewelry store at my downstairs. One Saturday a native came to the store, and found it was closed. She knocked at my door and I told her about the Jewish shabbat. “Oh, I don’t know at all”, she surprised. I am not a native, but I pay attention to every detail. Never will I make a phone call to my landlord during the sabbath.
With the attention, I think we can build good relationship with all kinds of people, regardless of their beliefs or their cultural backgrounds.
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