Birthdays and Judaism
Celebration was not always encouraged, but certain ages carry special meanings.
Also relevant is the Rabbinic statement, in Ethics of the Fathers (5.21) on the ages of man (14, not seven as in Shakespeare): "The age of five for the study of the Bible; then ten for the study of the Mishnah; 13 for the commandments; 15 for the study of Tamud; 18 for marriage; 20 for earning a living; 30 for power; 40 for understanding; 50 for giving advice; 60 for old age, seventy for grey hairs; 80 for special strength, 90 for bowed back; 100--it is as if he had died and passed away."
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