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Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min.


The author's son and grandson at a Little League baseball field

For me, Father’s Day is a time of memory.

My dad died more than two decades ago. My parents were divorced when I was little, so my father-son bonding took place on alternate weekends, when I traveled from Philadelphia to Baltimore to see him. Especially when I was young, he needed to work for almost the entire weekend, so our bonding was usually around meals and, most notably, during football season, when we attended Baltimore Colts games on Sunday afternoons.

It was sitting on those seats at the old Memorial Stadium that we quietly “talked.” I learned a lot about “stuff”...

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Leathery hands of a man in a shirt and suit jacket clutching the top of a weathered, wooden cane

Exercise refers to both strong and weak movements, providing it is movement that is vigorous and effects breathing, increasing it. -- Moses Maimonides, 12th-century physician and scholar

It may surprise you to learn that our tradition speaks about staying healthy and maintaining a focus on wellness. Of course, the foundation for this emphasis is not so we can run a marathon or climb Machu Pichu; rather, it relates to the idea that, created in the Divine image, we have an obligation to take care of the sacred gift of our bodies by watching how we treat them, what we do to them,...

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Seen from behind: older man and woman sitting on a bench

Every single baby boomer in the United States is at least 50 years of age. The Census Bureau tells us that every day some 10,000 people are turning 65. The Jewish population in the United States is aging; with some 25% of us over the age of 65. Indeed, a Pew study from the summer of 2016 showed us that the median age of our community is now 50.

This boomer cohort is bringing our historical and cultural baggage with us and, in doing so, has helped redefine American Judaism in the last several decades. From the feminist movement to the drive for LGBTQ equality; from the shift from...

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A growing aspect of my work with Jewish Sacred Aging – a forum for discussions on aging for Baby Boomers and their families – has been to work with congregations to develop responses on issues related to mental health. This issue, which spans across ages and impacts one in five American families, is of increasing concern to the growing population of aging Jewish adults.

An estimated 25% of the American Jewish community is now over the age of 65, and every living Baby Boomer is now at least 50 years old. The “longevity revolution,” as I call it, is now part of every congregation's...

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