Reflections at 60: The wisdom of my father
Embarking on the decade that Jewish tradition equates with wisdom, I aspire to choose a life that sanctifies duty.
Mishnah 21 in the Fifth Chapter of the Ethics of the Fathers details the stages of a person’s life according to age. The younger years, five to 18, are to be dedicated to education. From 18 to 30, there is marriage, earning a living, and devotion to engagement with the world. At 40, through what one has learned and experienced, understanding is attained. At 50, one begins to give counsel, to offer advice. This...
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