Reflections on Aging

‘Gerotranscendence’ makes aging a positive again

“Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better!” Ingrid Bergman “Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Pursuing Happiness

Editor’s Note: Jewish Sacred Aging welcomes a new contributor, Rabbi Lynnda Targan. You can learn more about her at her website. The Declaration of Independence calls the “pursuit of happiness” one of its inalienable rights, [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Transitions and Meaning

I recently was honored to do a workshop for a synagogue in Chicago (Sukkat Shalom). They were developing a program focusing on baby boomers and aging. In a break-out session the subject again turned to [Read more…]

Rabbi Address' Monthly Message

Summertime … Are we happy yet?

A few columns ago we looked at some of the studies that have been created to study the issue of happiness. The Harvard longitudinal study mentioned that as this class of Harvard students aged, their [Read more…]

Rabbi Address' Monthly Message

Rabbi Address’s monthly message: No Regrets!

I recently had a chance to spend some time with two women who had been taken to the hospital. Both women, in their 80’s, had survived the random challenges of life; from life threatening illness [Read more…]

Rabbi Address' Monthly Message

Rabbi Address’ Monthly Message: Happiness is just a thing called ….. !!

Spring has, we hope, sprung here in the Philadelphia area. Trees are budding, we get to see the sun, the days get longer and the Phillies are loosing.We emerge from the long cold, gray winter. [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

Gently into that Good Night

I have never thought much about the end of life. I once knew a psychotherapist who would not discuss the subject, its power so frightening that she decompensated when anyone brushed against mortality. My philosophy [Read more…]

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Whistle a happy tune…

Remember The King and I? It was Anna’s song in which she gave us the psycho-spiritual insight that whenever we feel afraid the best thing to do is just whistle a happy tune. This was [Read more…]