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Growing Older

Several generations ago, a woman got married in her early 20s, had children immediately, and by the time she was finished having children, she was well on the way to being a grandmother. And life was shorter. Today, most of us can hope to enjoy many years when our focus shifts back to our own goals and purposes, much as it did in our 20s. Questions of meaning and purpose again present themselves. At the same time, we have acquired the wisdom of years, and some of us long to have that recognized and celebrated within our communities. Other important events characterize this time of life: our bodies change, some of us become grandparents, some of us retire from long-established careers, and at some point we may move out of our homes and downsize, or even move in with children or into a facility. All of these changes present opportunities for ritual.

A Location in Time

By Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman
The importance of holiday rituals — including Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh, and Passover — as milestones on the time continuum for elders in residences   more

Older-Adult Confirmation

By Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman
A confirmation class, held in a nursing home, for older adults who had received little or no formal Jewish education   more

Tags: confirmation

Old Age

By Jacob Glatshteyn
A poem, translated from the Yiddish, about old age   more

Tags: Yiddish