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Aging

Red heart balloon rising into a blue sky over treetops

I pray that this pandemic may be lifted speedily from this planet – and when it is, may we be able to look back without shame at the way we behaved and how we treated one another.

Rabbi Jack Riemer
Outstretched hand reaching toward clouds

I wonder: Do souls see and remember? Are they aware of what goes on among the living? Do they have feelings? Are they close with God? Do they only see and connect with people they love? Does this connection last for eternity?

Paula Kaplan-Reiss
An older woman instructing preschool ballet students

“For the first time in American history, we have more people over 60 than under 18,” says Marc Freedman, an expert in the social implications of our aging population.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Older woman laughing toward the camera while sitting at a kitchen table

At a recent Torah study, my rabbi mentioned the Lamed Vav Tzadikim, “righteous ones,” and the significance of the number 36 in Judaism. She had my attention. Could there be something special about my birth year? I wanted to know more.

Winifred Nathan
White-haired man holding a birthday cake and blowing out the candles on it

Rabbi Laura Geller's new book, Getting Good at Getting Older, is a whimsical do-it-yourself guide to empower boomers to deal with the challenges of aging.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Seen from behind: older man and woman sitting on a bench

The median age of our community is now 50 and every day some 10,000 people turn 65. This boomer cohort has helped redefine American Judaism in the last several decades.

Rabbi Richard F. Address

When 91-year-old Deana came to visit me, she came to find comfort and solace a year and a half after her beloved husband Alvin died – but it turned out that she spent more time teaching me Torat Chayim (the Torah of Life). In the process, she lifted both of us a little higher on the ladder of holiness.

Rabbi Paul Kipnes

Inspired by Stan, our congregation's 83-year-old bar mitzvah boy, I’m thinking that I may not wait until I turn 83 to recreate some part of my entry into adulthood, according to Jewish tradition, on an upcoming Friday night. 

Howard Lev

My wife Vickie and I were thrilled to learn that our German friends, Pastor Ursula Sieg and her husband Pastor Martin Pommerening, were coming to visit us in America.

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs

One of my running jokes is my ability – or should I say inability – to sing.

Rabbi Sanford Akselrad

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