When I Was Growing Up

Speech given by Rina Neiman at Temple Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) in Encino, CA on December 21, 2003 on the occasion of acceptance of the Neiman Library by VBS.

When I was growing up, it seemed to me that my father only worked about three hours a day. You see, he was a university professor and was usually home by mid-day, and not only that, he got summers off to boot! To my young mind, this seemed like a great deal. As I got older though, I realized that my father really worked more like 10 or 12 hours a day. When he got home from his teaching duties, he would continue to learn, read and write for hours.

I read an article recently about the role of one’s work in life, which put into perspective my father’s drive to learn and teach. The article talked about people who have jobs, people who have professions, and people who have passions. Jobs are things that you do for the money, professions are jobs that you are skilled at, and passions are things that you would do whether you got paid for it or not.

I read an article recently about the role of one’s work in life, which put into perspective my father’s drive to learn and teach. The article talked about people who have jobs, people who have professions, and people who have passions. Jobs are things that you do for the money, professions are jobs that you are skilled at, and passions are things that you would do whether you got paid for it or not.

When I was growing up, it seemed to me that my father only worked about three hours a day. You see, he was a university professor and was usually home by mid-day, and not only that, he got summers off to boot! To my young mind, this seemed like a great deal. As I got older though, I realized that my father really worked more like 10 or 12 hours a day. When he got home from his teaching duties, he would continue to learn, read and write for hours.

I read an article recently about the role of one’s work in life, which put into perspective my father’s drive to learn and teach. The article talked about people who have jobs, people who have professions, and people who have passions. Jobs are things that you do for the money, professions are jobs that you are skilled at, and passions are things that you would do whether you got paid for it or not.

I read an article recently about the role of one’s work in life, which put into perspective my father’s drive to learn and teach. The article talked about people who have jobs, people who have professions, and people who have passions. Jobs are things that you do for the money, professions are jobs that you are skilled at, and passions are things that you would do whether you got paid for it or not.