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A certain man, living in Budapest, Hungary, went to his rabbi, complaining: “Life is unbearable. Nine of us must live in the one room of my house. What can I do?”

The rabbi answers, “Take your goat into the room with you.” The man is incredulous. Certain he has misheard, he asks again. But the rabbi insists: “Do as I say; take your goat into your one room and come back in a week.”

One week later the man returns, even more distraught: “We cannot stand it; the goat is filthy, it stinks and it destroys everything.”

The rabbi pauses, thinking deeply, and says: “You will return to your home and remove the goat. And come back in one week.”

When the man returns the next week, he is radiant: “Life is beautiful! We enjoy life so much and are so thankful...

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