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Simon Jacobson, Book of Psalms, William Wordsworth, Walt Whitman, Rebbe Schneerson


Dear Readers,

We had a birthday in the family this week, and it reminded me of some great stuff
The Rebbe had written about birthdays, which are special occasions and not only
because we like the attention! As with everything else, there exists an important
spiritual component to birthdays. And we're still near the beginning of the year and
not too many people have had their birthdays yet, so I'm in time for most of you!

I encourage you to read these words and tuck them into your heart until your
birthday, or that of a loved one, comes around. Then pray with them. Your
special celebration will have greater depth and much more power.

- Lisa

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Because time itself is like a spiral, something
special happens on your birthday each year: The
same energy that G-d invested in you at birth is
present again. It is our duty to be receptive to
that force. How do we do so? By committing to a
life guided by God's will, and by using the abil-
ties and resources we were born with to perfect
ourselves and society, and to make the world
a good and sacred home for G-d.

From "Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom
of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002


I am obliged to proclaim that Hashem said to me,
"You are my son, I have begotten you this day."

Psalm 2:7
The Stone Edition Tanach


To recall our birth is to recall a new beginning. No matter
how things went yesterday, or last year, we always have
the capacity to try again. Your birthday is a refresher, a
chance for regeneration -- not just materially,
but spiritually.

From "Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom
of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002


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Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home...

An excerpt from "Intimations of Immortality,"
from "Recollections of Early Childhood,"
by William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
English Romantic Poet


Youth - full of grace, force, fascination!
Do you know that Old Age may come after you,
with equal grace, force, fascination?

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
American poet, essayist and humanist


There is no better way to celebrate a birthday than to commit
a special act of goodness...Not because someone suggests it.
But simply because your inner goodness, your soul, wants
to express its thanks for being born and alive.

Such an act of kindness gives G-d great pleasure, because He
sees that the child in whom He invested, the particular child
he wanted to be born on a particular day, is living up to its
potential. And nothing, of course, gives a parent greater joy.
This is the true experience of birth, the true beginning
of a life of meaning.

From "Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom
of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002

The Last Word:

Birth is G-d saying you matter.

Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994)
The Lubavitcher Rebbe





























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Ye who suffer! Know ye suffer from yourselves.
No one else compels.

Edwin Arnold (1832-1904)
English author


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