Monday, September 14, 2015

Shabbat Shuva Vayeilech

Deuteronomy 31:1–30

By Rabbi Lewis Eron for Jewish Reconstructionist Communities

You Should Live to Be 120

Every Shabbat morning during services at the Jewish Geriatric Home, our residents, our volunteers, our guests and I pause to offer thanksgiving for the joyous events in our lives. There is always a simcha or two for us to celebrate a birthday or an anniversary, a grandchild's engagement, a great grandchild's Bris always a happy occurrence.

One Shabbat morning about a year ago, I announced that a well-loved resident was celebrating a milestone birthday in the coming week and I wished that she live to the proverbial age of 120 years. At that moment, a friend of hers raised her voice and corrected me. The friend said firmly, "No, Rabbi, you should wish her 120 years and three months."

"Why the extra three months?" I replied, quite perplexed.

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