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Fishing for Dollars

Are you working to live or living to work?

Published: September 6, 2008


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Visitor Comments: 9

(9) Deena, July 17, 2013 6:47 AM

You're all missing his point

The point is not to work for what you need to pay for. If you need to work long hours to make ends meet, then so be it. It's a hard life and you need to put in the extra effort to make it meaningful. But for those minutes or hours of the day when you don't really need to be at work and you're just "finishing up" this and that at the office at the expense of your family or Torah time, please reconsider. It does have an effect on you, your spouse, your children, and ultimately your community.
Even ten minutes a day of introspection and/or Torah learning will make a difference to the focus of your day. So can you carve out that time, and enjoy life, or are you too busy making the extra few dollars to "make tomorrow a little more comfy"?
Something to think about.

(8) parent, October 6, 2008 12:37 AM

question to Rabbi

Dear Rabbi Yaakov Salomon, Do you have your own house? Is it in safe area for kids? Are your family income is about average for your state? there is no way for middle class to afford to stay Jewish ( 30k school per kid, about 30k morgage,

(7) Rosen, September 9, 2008 1:23 PM

living to work paycheck-to-paycheck

Most of us probably live to work because we must do so paycheck-to-paycheck in order to make ends meet. Finding any deeper meaning to what we do for a living involves committed time, where we try to make a balance between work and our social lives with friends and family.

(6) Anonymous, September 9, 2008 1:08 PM

we have to work hard to be able to afford our Jewish life

I would love to agree with this article, but unfortunately, in today's life that is not a reality. The cost of a Jewish education these days is outrageous. It has become a privilege instead of a right. The cost of kosher food in the U.S. is rising daily as well. With that being said, add the cost of higher education for 2 kids per household, and that leaves us no choice, but to work, work, and work. I love my children and am trying to give them the best that I can give them. A Jewish education is one of those things that I have decided not to go without. However, I am dearly paying the price for it.

(5) ruth housman, September 9, 2008 11:05 AM

taking stock: all things in moderation:

An old story but a wise one, and reiterated in many ways, with different "fishermen". There is more to this story, and that is, if we took more than we should, namely too many "fish" we would deplete the stock, deplete the ocean, and we are all doing this, to the environment, right now. So another message, to be derived from this very wise story, is to "take stock". Should we be digging for more oil? What are we harming in the process? What do we gain versus what do we lose? Life is about moderation, about taking stock, about looking around, and about the best we can do and be, when it comes to balance. Surely, in order for others to eat, we must farm. In order for decisions to be made, we must administer. Work is about what we must do to sustain ourselves in many ways. And it should also be about passion, about love, and not a terrible, terrible chore. For some perhaps, there is no choice. We all do, however, have choice in how we live it, how we are to each other on the job, and how we conduct ourselves throughout our lives wherever we are. We do need to take charge in terms of what's inportant. And we need to realize, of course, that this world is to be enjoyed and to be nurtured, and this means our families, our children, our love of each other. So we need time for all of this. Seek balance and always seek to do whatever you do, with LOVE. Money does not buy happiness. Happiness is a state of mind and it's about how we give, to each other, all the time, wherever we are and about not leaving those we cherish behind in pursuit of excess. This is the time of apples and HONEY! Partake!

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