Aging Through a Jewish Lens with Rabbi Stephen Pearce
*This class will be offered virtually over ZOOM
Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. —Psalms 90:12
Jewish tradition views old age as virtue and a blessing. The Hebrew term zakein—"old" has always been synonymous with "wise.” However, much has changed in the modern era populated by septuagenarians, octogenarians, and nonagenarians, resulting in paradox of aging in which everyone wants to live longer but at the same time everyone also wants to stay young.
In ages past, few people lived to be old, but with the aid of modern medicine and better nutrition, a global shift in demographics presents the new challenge of people working longer and living longer. How healthy elders remain integrated into the community without feeling isolated and undervalued is a front and center concern.
This class will explore the Jewish attitude toward aging and the lessons from the Jewish tradition that offer valuable and practical insights that foster the adding of life to years.