Photo Credit: Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis
Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

To be honest, as much as I tried to reassure myself with this very same explanation, it just didn’t work.

My husband and I are troubled. We think about Benny’s situation day and night. Our girls are ashamed to bring their friends home for Shabbos. There is always discord – sometimes verbal, sometimes expressed through silent hostility and tension. Shalom bayis does not exist for us.

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We are torn. On the one hand we recognize Benny cannot be blamed. We adopted a new life for which he was totally unprepared. But on the other hand he’s destroying the peace in our home and he’s a terrible role model for our girls. What should we do?

My sister, who is hostile to religion but a good person, would be happy take him in and Benny would love to move there. Her home, however, is a mess. One of her sons drinks. If Benny were to move in with them I’m afraid he would deteriorate further.

Rebbetzin, what would you advise us to do?

(Continued Next Week)

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