Friday, November 9, 2012
Mazal Tov Obama; L'chaim to good time ahead!
The US Presidential elections are behind us and fingers are still being pointed about whose fault the current economic crisis is. People wish for the “Good Old Days” of prosperity. One interesting observation highlighted by the BBC was how much a President ages in four years. The strain on Obama’s face was clear after just one year in office. While he looks fabulous now at 51, four years as the leader of the Free World has done its bit in turning his hair white. It is now only very occasionally that I get asked for ID when buying alcohol, as I too have aged, as Rabbi to the Shul of the Free World. But, is there secret to staying young? And staying youthful? Here is a tip from the opening passage of this week’s Torah reading. Describing the celebrated life of our matriarch Sarah: And the life of Sarah was one hundred years and twenty years and seven years; [these were] the years of the life of Sarah. Classic commentator Rashi explains: the reason that the word “years” was written after every digit is to tell you that every digit is to be expounded upon individually: when she was one hundred years old, she was like a twenty-year-old regarding sin... And when she was twenty, she was like a seven-year-old as regards to beauty.
Posted by Mendel Cohen at 6:15 AM