Monday, November 19, 2007

A Jew turns 50

Today is my 50th birthday. When I arrived at shul this morning (a few minutes late) the gabbai asked how I was doing and I told him about my "event". He gave me the third aliyah and there was a brief series of "Mazel tovs!" I casually mentioned the mishnah (Avot 5:22) that says that I am now old enough to give counsel. The rabbi gently replied, "Don't read too much into that mishnah!" A good lesson for us all.

12 Comments:

Blogger Jordan said...

Happy Birthday Dr. Hall.

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Litvak said...

Charlie - belated congratulations. Biz 120 !

P.S. I enjoyed seeing you and your Mrs. in the Forverts. If you want I can post the url.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Lion of Zion said...

i was just reading something this morning about when you can start celebrating a birthday in jewish sources.

anyway, have a happy birthday and a happy thanksgiving: http://agmk.blogspot.com/2007/07/minhag-philadelphia-no-tahanun-on.html#links

10:02 PM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

Hehe. :)

Happy birthday, Charlie!

Your advice and commentary is always welcome... even if we'll often disagree. ;)

8:34 AM  
Anonymous Litvak said...

Charlie - did you know what I meant in my comment ? There was an article in the Yiddish Forverts (Forward) newspaper recently, in which you and your Mrs. were featured.

I assume that you (as well as most other readers of this blog) don't read Yiddish (but perhaps I am wrong), but, even so, there is a photographic aspect of it as well.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Nephtuli said...

Happy Birthday!

11:00 AM  
Anonymous dd said...

happy b day
njoy

11:23 AM  
Blogger SephardiLady said...

Happy Birthday. Until 120.

11:24 AM  
Blogger Charlie Hall said...

"Happy Birthday. Until 120."

Amen!

6:26 PM  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der ┼íteg) said...

belated happy birthday!

8:27 PM  
Blogger Observant Observer said...

Happy birthday, Charlie Hall!!!
I very much agree with the Rabbi's comment. His sense of humor, if taken realistically would save us from a lot of trouble.

10:54 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Cohen said...

May G_d grant you great success in: Kiddush HaShem, Kiruv Rechokim and Zicui HaRabim.

7:19 PM  

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