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Shalom Bayis for Hire

jewish marriageShalom Bayis For Hire

By Chaya Miriam Fried

Sometimes I hesitate to say that Iím bookkeeping or tax, because if you think about it, the most valuable part of my output is shalom bayis. If you donít know what Iím talking about, turn to your spouse right now and tell them that you forgot to file your taxes for the past couple of years. Or take your small business and tack on another couple of hours to figure out whatís going on with its money every night, and see how your family feels about that. Witness the heartache, the fighting, the paranoia, then think of how you could have avoided all that.

I have this theory that in every successful small business (or marriage, for that matter), thereís the person that brings the ideas, and then thereís the person that does all the logistical work. So if my husband says hey, letís move to a relatively uninhabited town with awesome mountain biking in State X, thereís got to be a person that comes in and asks him if heís nuts, where he plans to get the money to drive all of his stuff there, where is he going to find Jews to make fun of, how far away is the mikveh, etc. Thatís me too, but thatís where I make my point:† you should be growing your business while someone else runs along behind you and does the math to keep you from taking your great idea and running it into the ground.

I guess what Iím trying to say is that Iíd love to drum up some new business for myself and I figured hey, why not let all 3 of you who read Frum Satire know about it?


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