Most Orthodox families that I know have at least some cleaning help – often on Friday, to help prepare the house for Shabbat. I’ve always wondered what these women – and sometimes men – think of us, and what opinions they form living among us and experiencing our lives along with us in real time.
So I decided to interview my cleaning woman, who’s been with us for about four years. But here’s the thing. The interview isn’t especially interesting, because she only has nice things to say – and because even if she didn’t, she likely wouldn’t say unkind things to my face as she’s working in my home. So I’m posting this interview more as a way to start a conversation about the impressions non-Jews form of the Orthodox, or of Jews in general, as they work specifically in our homes. I encourage you to talk to the people who work in your home to find out if their experience is good or bad, and what you can do to make it better.