If It Ain’t Broke… Fix It

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Comments (9)

(8) Dvirah, December 4, 2013 8:39 PM


It's refreshing to find someone speaking up for preventive actions. So often when I wish to put a preventive measure in place, I am faced with opposition - not, oddly enough, of the "not broken don't fix" sort, but rather of the "we can do so much to help afterwards" sort. It is very fustrating that people are so willing to act after the damage is done but refuse to take any steps to prevent the damage.

(7) Richard Polak, October 11, 2013 1:28 AM

Right on the money

Thank you, Rabbi. You made an impact in my life. I'm going to fix my children (give them what they need) before they break. Thank you.

(6) George Bernstein, October 10, 2013 10:21 PM

One of your best commentaries--

And well delivered.

(5) Leib Yaacov Rigler, October 10, 2013 7:59 PM

Good for Marriage

My wife and I learned a communication technique useful for marriage partners to share their feelings with each other. When I encouraged a friend to learn the technique, his decline was "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Unless spouses actively interact and communicate with each other, they run the risk of becoming like your old refrigerator: a shelf broken here, a little rusty there, and before they know it their marriage "breaks."

(4) cee, October 10, 2013 4:04 PM

life-yes, appliances-no

When it comes to appliances, the older ones are better made, I would not buy any new appliance unless absolutely necessary. Your new freezer can break over a 3 day Yom Tov too. When it comes to life, if you don't like the schools your kids are in, that is a "break" right there, then you switch them. But the same applies to life, if it ain't broke- the child is doing well spiritually and socially- then you let it be.

(3) Lawrence Cohen, October 10, 2013 1:45 PM

If it ain't broke.....

This is a true lesson in life......thank you, Rabbi.....todah rabah...
thank you very much!!

(2) SusanE, October 9, 2013 12:39 AM

Prevention? The old ones were really better and cheaper to run.

Appliances?? My Grandmothers chest type freezer Kelvinator worked for 47 years running in the kitchen every day. The house was sold so it got unplugged and is Still running at my sisters house. My KitchenAid Dishwasher ran from 1973 - 2007 and was replaced because it didn't go with the new kitchen, not because it didn't work. Good luck to you.

(1) Anonymous, October 6, 2013 2:34 PM

I don't agree

I don't agree. They don't make things today like they did years ago. Today there is planned obsolescence built into everything. I would put my money on the old clunker to keep humming for a long time to come. I've also had bad experiences with brand new appliances. I hope your experience proves to be better.
And, by the way, mazel tov on your son's engagement!

Anonymous, October 24, 2013 6:53 PM

On the other hand -

I replaced my 35 year old refrigerator for the same reason; it was still running but I felt very uneasy about it. The deliveryman said to me "Lady, this refrigerator will pay for itself in 3 years because it uses so much less energy to run. You'll see the difference in your electric bill starting next month."


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