Hope all is well.
Today is my birthday.
Please. No presents!
… I wanted to share a cute story with you.
A story with a very powerful message.
Someone asked a great Torah scholar in Jerusalem how old he was.
The Rabbi’s response?
“I don’t know!”
The person couldn’t believe it.
“Rabbi. You must be pulling my leg. How can you not know?!”
(It’s not like the Rabbi had a poor memory.
He did manage to memorize the entire Talmud!)
The Rabbi explained:
“If you buy something in a store and they give you change?
You count it to make sure its right.
But if someone gives you a present?
You don’t count it. It’s just not nice.”
And the Rabbi continued.
“Every year of life is a special gift from G-d.
So I don’t count it!”
… A very Jewish perspective on life!
I don’t think we’re quiet on the level of that great Rabbi.
We all know how old we are.
And some of us may wish we didn’t know!
But we should all remember the story.
To remind us of the gift of life!
All the best,