The Jewish Birthday Blessing That Teaches Us to Count

On birthdays, Jews greet each other with 'ad meah v’esrim' - 'may you live until 120.' This blessing, which can be traced back to the Torah, seems to acknowledge that our days are numbered.

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I recently celebrated a birthday. It wasn’t a milestone birthday – just a day marking another year. Over the course of the day, a number of people greeted me with the traditional Jewish expression of “ad meah...