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How many rooms do you really need in your house?

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Published: September 10, 2011


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Visitor Comments: 31

(29) Abraham L. Seiman, September 16, 2011 10:47 PM

We need a Part 2 - what are better ways to spend our good fortune.

We need a Part 2 - better ways to utilize our good fortune? Children, peer evaluation through comparison, sense of pride related to accomplishments as measured by life style. These are some stumbling blocks that need answers.

(28) Anonymous, September 16, 2011 5:40 AM

hi mrs Lori. just wanted to thank you for your lessons. every once in a while i go on aish and watch you. i always feel i have more perspective after. i really take what you say to heart and try to apply it to myself. i think you are so special how u always working on trying to be the best person u can. a while ago i watched u speak about how much ppl complain (titled: "where's the salt?") since then, my younger sister and i help each other to watch out not to be negtive and complain. it makes living so much more peaceful, relaxing. (its comforting to see ppl like you who love life). may God keep shining his light through u into the world.

(27) Anonymous, September 14, 2011 10:01 PM

should not be our main concern

Lori, I like listening to your shorts. They're to the point and give me a break at work. But I don't believe any of us, in kiruv or not, have the privilege of telling people how to spend their money. Most people that I know struggle with tuition and housing. And those who don't are supporting children learning in Yeshivos, many in Eretz Yisroel, and extending great hachnosas orchim and funding gemachs. I'm not sure what your friend in Florida will do when his kids marry and need to share bedrooms as couples when they come home for yom tov. Perhaps, he realizes he can just extend or rebuild. Or perhaps he built a guest house? How come you don't question why he needed to build a house to begin with. Everything in moderation but we are all individuals and frankly, I don't think siblings sharing rooms is a major concern in our current climate.

(26) Anonymous, September 14, 2011 7:09 PM

very true what you coment in this part we should be more modest and human times are really difficult in all aspects and maybe we should look around and try to think what we can do change. thank you

(25) Anonymous, September 14, 2011 3:45 AM

Living in Israel!!!

I grew up in a small duplex in America where I had to share a bedroom with my younger brother. I despised it even though there was not a gender problem. One of the main reasons I moved to Israel was due to the problem of sharing a room with my brother. After moving and marrying in Israel to an Israeli girl which was a mistake due to the fact that I am unhappily married because I rushed into marriage for the same reason I ran away to Israel, we moved to America for nine years. My parents' bought us a nice normal size private semi-detached house which was very nice but we moved back to Israel because my parents' were too over protective and controlled our lives which as long as they gave us money, my wife was very happy but hard for me to deal with. Living in Israel in a small apartment at the present time is extremely difficult. It is even smaller than the duplex I grew up in because at least the duplex had a basement which we do not have in Israel. There is no space for anything here in Israel and living in an apartment building as opposed to a private house is a disaster. There is absolutely no privacy whatsoever as well as no room in the apartment to do anything. The living room and three bedrooms are tiny. I exercise in the house and had to stop jump roping because my family complained that I was in their way. The small apartment adds to the friction between my wife and myself and causes a lot of friction between my children and myself. Now I see that even the duplex I grew up in was nicer than the apartment in Israel. At least we had a basement and lived in a duplex as opposed to a building with neighbors who knock on your door many times a day. Lori is right in the fact that a person does not need a mansion but at least a normal size private house like we lived in during those nine years before moving back to Israel.

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