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#1 Savannah

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 06:44 PM

Off the top of my head I can think of:

farmer
merchant
shoemaker
judge
teacher
tax collector

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 06:49 PM

Perfume Maker
Tanner
Beer Maker
Wine Maker
Hooker
Wood Chopper
Soldier
Baker
Construction Worker/"Contractor"
Bathhouse operator
Shepherd
Gubment Officials
Doctor
Fisherman
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Posted 24 October 2009 - 06:51 PM

Soldier

I was wondering about this. Did ancient Israel have a standing army? I assume the answer is yes, but what do we know about it?

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 06:52 PM

baker
olive oil maker
tailor
scribe
beer maker (and wine)
exporter/importer
donkey driver (short haul)
camel driver (long haul)
sailor
doctor (blood letter)

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 07:19 PM

water carrier
priest
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#6 Rentsy

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 09:27 PM

Chiropractor

(Geviha ben Psisa to a min, Sanhedrin 91a)
רמב"ם הלכות תשובה פרק העשירי, הלכה ב

העובד מאהבה - עוסק בתורה ובמצוות והולך במתיבות החוכמה לא מפני דבר בעולם, לא מפני יראת הרעה ולא כדי לירש הטובה, אלא עושה האמת מפני שהוא אמת

הלכה ג

אהבה גדולה יתרה רבה עזה עד מאד, עד שתהא נפשו קשורה באהבת השם ... וכל שיר השירים משל הוא לענין זה

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 10:28 PM

thief
psychic
philosopher
prophet
Roman emperor
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Posted 24 October 2009 - 10:34 PM

http://www.jlaw.com/...dealoccupa.html
Occupations of the Sages of the Talmud

The sages of the Talmud worked at many diverse occupations. For instance,

Hillel was a woodchopper before he became the Nasi (President of the Sanhedrin) and
Shammai the Elder was a builder.
Abba Chilkiyah was a field laborer;
Rabbi Yochanan b. Zakkai was a businessman for forty years;
Abba Shaul was a gravedigger;
Abba Chilkiyah was a field worker;
Abba Oshiya was a launderer;
Rabbi Shimon Píkuli was a cotton dealer;
Rabbi Shmuel b. Shilas was a school teacher,
Rabbi Meir and Rabi Chananel were scribes;
Rabbi Yosi b. Chalafta was a tanner;
Rabbi Yochanan Hasandlar was a shoemaker;
Rabbi Yehoshua b. Chananiah was a blacksmith;
Rabbi Safra and Rabbi Dimi of Nehardea were merchants;
Rabbi Abba b. Zavina was a tailor;
Rabbi Yosef b. Chiya and Rabbi Yannai owned vineyards;
Rabbi Huna was a farmer and raised cattle;
Rabbi Chisda and Rabbi Papa were beer brewers;
Karna was a wine smeller (he determined which wine could be stored and which had to be sold immediately);
Rabbi Chiya b. Yosef was in the salt business;
Abba Bar Abba, (father of Mar Shmuel) was a silk merchant;
and (Mar) Shmuel was a doctor.

http://www.jlaw.com/...dealoccupa.html
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#9 Very Lucky Guy

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 09:51 AM

Cucumber watcher.
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Posted 26 October 2009 - 10:06 AM

Cucumber watcher.

What's that now?

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 10:07 AM

Batlanim
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Posted 26 October 2009 - 10:14 AM

What's that now?

They use the amount a person could have earned as a Cucumber Watcher as a factor in determining civil damages.
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Posted 26 October 2009 - 10:16 AM

They use the amount a person could have earned as a Cucumber Watcher as a factor in determining civil damages.

How much can one earn as a cucumber watcher?

(Do they still need people for that, because I think I'd be a great cucumber watcher. :biggrin:)

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 10:21 AM

How much can one earn as a cucumber watcher?

(Do they still need people for that, because I think I'd be a great cucumber watcher. :biggrin:)

Not much. I think it was a sort of "minimum wage" job back then that could be used as a minimum measure of earnings. I could be wrong though.
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Posted 26 October 2009 - 10:22 AM

Not much. I think it was a sort of "minimum wage" job back then that could be used as a minimum measure of earnings. I could be wrong though.

That makes sense. I can't imagine that cucumber watching takes much skill.

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 10:27 AM

I think you're talking about this. Being a living scarecrow.

http://www.dafyomi.c...d/bk-in-083.htm

4. SHEVES (Unemployment) - He must pay unemployment for the duration of the injured person's recovery. Sheves is evaluated as if the injured person is protecting a pumpkin patch from birds, a job that requires only minimal exertion and can be accomplished even by an invalid. (The money that the injured person loses due to his permanent handicap, though, is covered by the Nezek payment.)


http://www.dafyomi.c...s/bk-ps-083.htm

4. Sheves: We consider what Shimon would earn guarding gourds, for Nezek already compensates for not being able to hold a high-paying job that requires use of his arm or leg.



#17 Pinchas

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 10:28 AM

That makes sense. I can't imagine that cucumber watching takes much skill.


Basically it's a living scarecrow, except it can be done without hands.

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 10:32 AM

So none of them learned in kollel?

#19 Savannah

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 10:32 AM

So none of them learned in kollel?

That's not a job. :p

#20 Pinchas

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 10:33 AM

So none of them learned in kollel?


Some did.

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