Would you rather be rich or happy?

Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43)

The Jewish approach to wealth and the secret to happiness.

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(2) Pauline, November 30, 2017 7:40 PM

Thank you. This is what my dad taught me too, over and over.

He (and my mom), had a very good marriage, and although he worked a lot, and they eventually became wealthy, they never did it for the money; but for family. Others viewed him as a work-alcoholic, but we (his family) knew that we were always his priority. He'd leave work in an instant when ever truly needed by us. He (b.1923) grew up with little, and father-less for most of his childhood (with mom in CA for her health, dad in NY). He knew he could survive with NOTHING, as he had to for some months, during WWII (after he escaped from being a POW in the south pacific, when he hadn't made it back yet to his, US side.) He did the REAL survivor thing, and while being shot at by the Japanese, then his side, when trying to get back, without knowing the most current passwords, and no longer having his uniform. After the war, when married, he viewed a job as a way to help him take care of his family. No job too menial. One time my mom called him at work to see if they could help pay for her sister's husband's heart surgery. He'd die soon without it but very possibly even with it. My parents had little then, but my dad said yes and they decided to give nearly every dime they had. His boss was listening in to the phone call, and called him over immediately afterwards to tell him to call back his wife and tell her they shouldn't do that, because there is going to be a big layoff next week, and my dad is one that will be let go. But my dad said "no", because his brother-in-law needs it, and my dad will find some other work or way for his family to get by. (He didn't like this in-law, but always did right thing.) My parents became wealthy not just in money but in love/family/happiness too. They showed how to be a good person, doing good where or how ever one can. My dad, who left NY when 6, never knew, but I learned, his dad worked those yrs in NY, to help bring much family from Europe to the USA and get settled, pre WWII. And is now credited with saving much of our family.

(1) Melvin Gordon, November 30, 2017 4:22 PM

Show me the money!

I can be a lot more happier with a lot more money.
I am very realistic.


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