Growing Up

Birthday

Inspiration

הַיּוֹם בּוֹ נוֹלַדְתָּ
הוּא הַיּוֹם בּוֹ הֶחְלִיט הקב”ה
שֶׁהָעוֹלָם אֵינוֹ יָכוֹל לְהִתְקַיֵּים בַּלְעֲדֶיךָ

רבי נחמן מברסלב

The day on which you were born,
that is the day on which God declared
that the world could not be preserved without you.

Reb Nachman of Bratslav

 

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Blessing

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִּיעָנוּ לִזְּמַן הַזֶּה.

Baruch Ata A-do-nai Elo-heinu Melech Haolam she-hech-e-ya-nu v’ki-ma-nu v’hi-gi-ya-nu li-z’man hazeh.

“Blessed are You Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe who has given us life, sustained us, and allowed us to reach this day.”

Texts

Pirke Avot – Chapter 5:21

He [Yehudah ben Teima] used to say: Five years [is the age] for [the study of] Scripture, Ten [is the age] for [the study of] Mishnah, Thirteen [is the age] for [observing] commandments, Fifteen [is the age] for [the study of] Talmud, Eighteen [is the age] for the [wedding] canopy, Twenty [is the age] for pursuit, Thirty [is the age] for [full] strength, Forty [is the age] for understanding, Fifty [is the age] for [giving] counsel, Sixty [is the age] for mature age, Seventy [is the age] for a hoary head, Eighty [is the age] for [superadded] strength, Ninety [is the age] for [a] bending [stature], One hundred, is [the age at which one is] as if dead, passed away, and ceased from the world.

Poem

This is a very special day

You have filled my life far beyond what words can say

I give thanks to the Holy One for sending you my way

That’s why we celebrate your Birthday.

Anonymous

Psalm

Psalm 90:12

יב לִמְנוֹת יָמֵינוּ, כֵּן הוֹדַע; וְנָבִא, לְבַב חָכְמָה. 12 So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom.

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