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Thank you everyone for your posts, both the serious and the comical… although sometimes I can’t tell which is which.
kesiv vachisma tova!
it’s not dysfunction, it’s just how families work
oomis – thank you! you answered a question I had in the Gemara!
In Brachos (Samech amud Alef) that from 3 until 40 days one should daven that it (the embryo) should be a boy.
Knowing that gender was decided at conception I had did not know how to understand the gemara. Now I know, if it is supposed to be a male you must daven that everything forms correctly and it does not remain a female.
I wish I was zoche to be able to live the kollel life, but personally I felt I needed to provide a certain level of gashmius for my family. However, I know plenty of avrechem and their families who are moser nefesh to live the kollel life. They chose certain areas of life to be uncomfortable in, in order to do avodas Hashem.
Sure there are people in Kollel who have both worlds, they did not have the same nisayon that I had. But to say only the rich are in kollel is a gross mistake. Perhaps rich in ruchnius.
You don’t have to be rich to be in Kollel, only somech b’chelko