When I first started observing Shabbat, I found it awkward to try to explain it to employers. It’s not easy. There are a lot of things I have given up as a result of observance. I’m not sure about a job, but certainly a lot of other things. And who knows what opportunities would have resulted from being out and about on Shabbat and pursuing my interests.
I don’t know why I made that decision. I still can’t explain it. And I can’t describe it in terms of being “worth it”. It just is what it is.
It sounds like Tamir made the right decision for himself. And I think it sends a positive message to other Jews about the meaning of Shabbat.
Should it be “allowed” to work on Shabbat? Well, it isn’t allowed, according to halacha, except to save a life. If someone doesn’t feel bound by halacha, then that’s their choice. I don’t judge.