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Your Money or Your Life

Your Money or Your Life

Sometimes it's just not worth it.

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Published: September 24, 2006


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Visitor Comments: 4

(4) Daniela, September 28, 2006 11:37 AM

I must not think of money the right way...

Whenever I lose money in a stupid way I let it go because I reason that I'm surely being punished by G-d for something... Call me nuts.

(3) Margarita, September 27, 2006 8:20 PM

not that simple

The answer is not that simple. Yes, our time is very important, but we have to have money to live, eat (prices on food and petrol are just getting higher), afford to go to another doctor for second opinion... We have to have money (at least in this age), and we have to value our time. It's not black and white, so we are thinking about it.

(2) MordechaiBulua, September 25, 2006 2:06 PM

Jack (Jacob) Benny and our forefather Jacob

The Talmud in Chulin 91a says that our forefather Jacob chose his money over his life. He stayed alone on the bank of the river Yabok to retrieve some cheap inexpensive vessels. The Talmud derives from this that the righteous prefer their possessions over their lives, as right afterwards, Jacob was attacked by the angel of Aisav. Perhaps the difference is that in the other cases, the chances of death were either certain or quite high, whereas with our forefather Jacob, the risk was smaller as the possibility also existed that he wouldn't be attacked.

(1) Anonymous, September 25, 2006 11:04 AM

BEEN THERE DONE THAT

FINE & GOOD WHEN THE MONEY IS THERE. BUT WHEN YOU ARE RUNNING ON EMPTY IT BECOMES SO IMPORTANT THAT LIFE BECOMES SECONDARY. HOMELESSNESS IS A SCARY THING..

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