Birthdays and Judaism

Celebration was not always encouraged, but certain ages carry special meanings.

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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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Rabbi Louis Jacobs

Rabbi Dr. Louis Jacobs (1920-2006) was a Masorti rabbi, the first leader of Masorti Judaism (also known as Conservative Judaism) in the United Kingdom, and a leading writer and thinker on Judaism.