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True points! Thanks for sharing!
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True points! Thanks for sharing!

… And thank G-d this article wasn’t what the title made me think it was about: children using smartphones, etc.

very true. keeping up with the joneses is a goyish concept
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very true. keeping up with the joneses is a goyish concept

the only kina we should have is kinaas sofrim. we are happy simply because we are yidden priveleged to serve hashem.

Joy
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Joy

Nicely written!

Love it
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Love it

How true…. If you want to instill Simchah in your children, then be happy in your lot.
Simchah is probably one of the most sought after traits for Shidduchim!

Be happy with your lot
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Be happy with your lot

But also be happy for other people who have more. Yes, talk about those who are blessed by Hashem, don’t avoid it as if it’s something bad; talk about ahavas yisroel for the rich as well as the poor, about how Hashem gives everyone what He thinks they should have, and how nothing anyone else has came at our expense, so we should be happy for them just as we would be happy for ourselves if we had those things.

Recently told
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Recently told

A gadol recently reminded me that commenting about peoples good fortune, even if we are genuinely happy for them, is not a good idea. It brings attention to the satan and who wants to G-d forbid be part of the process of someone’s good fortune being tampered witj

 -) happy with what you wrote
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-) happy with what you wrote

I always promised my children, “you may not have everything you want, but I promise you, you will always have everything that you need” If I had to beg, if I had to borrow, they never went to yeshiva with ripped clothing or shoes. Never lacked for food or a warm coat. We went on day trips on chol hamoed to places (with free admission)like the zoo, ferry rides and botanic gardens, and played board games together that fostered a special closeness and joy. One very rich kid even told us that we were the richest family on the block… Read more »

Teach your kids to respect all , include less fortunate
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Teach your kids to respect all , include less fortunate

I agree with the main idea of being happy and grateful for what u have , but some kids are not so lucky to go for family vacations , or having a house or loving family , so they have nothing to be proud or l’hashvitz …. in yeshiva these kids are excluded from some circles of friends …. all coming from the families that are lacking ahavas israel , and also from the school that can’t unite all kids from different socio economy is background…. so start from yourself and teach your kids to respect and include all kids… Read more »

Money or no money is not the question
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Money or no money is not the question

My mother was raised in extreme wealth by parents who came to America, one from a prospersous family, one from simple shtetle types. My father came with his family and grew up in the”average” working poverty of the pre WWI years. What they had in common and passed to us was love of family and extended family, respect of all people, pride in Yidishkeit, emunah in HaShem, understanding that a person’s quality was not in what he accomplished or achieved but in how he lived as a mench. We learned to appreciate quality in workmanship and materials. We learned to… Read more »

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