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Ascending Fortune

The Birthday of the World

The Birthday of a Nation

Pre-natal Nationhood

The Birth of Man

Happy Birthday!

Birthday Celebrations

Birthday - Rebirth - Resolve

Anniversary of Physical and Spiritual Birth

Why Were You Born?

A Custom of Old - Renewed

Birthday Customs and Practices

Birthday Reflections & Celebrations
Birthday Customs & Practices

Birthday - Rebirth - Resolve

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  The Midrash relatesAnniversary of Physical and Spiritual Birth  

It is therefore appropriate to publicize all the good customs of birthdays: to increase Tzedakah on this day, to study more Torah and to intensify the Divine service of prayer - these are the three pillars of the world. Also, good resolutions should be accepted for the rest of the year.

It would be appropriate that families should gather (with friends) in a joyous mood, so that the good resolutions will be accepted on this day, with a sense of happiness and gladness. This will increase the observance of these good deeds.

Children should be taught the spiritual importance of a birthday and they should celebrate their birthdays with their friends in a way that they will increase Torah and mitzvos and good resolutions.

Small children will be even more impressed by this suggestion and will be more enthusiastic in carrying it out.

Now on one's birthday one can rejoice in the knowledge that on this day his soul descended to the corporeal existence in order to serve the Creator through Torah and mitzvos.

This commemoration crystalizes in the fact that at the celebration itself there will be more Torah and mitzvos and more good resolutions for the future.

This joyous jubilee may be observed by young and old - for as soon as the child is able to under stand and appreciate the importance of good acts his or her birthday party will become the focal point for com memoration of the past and solemnization of the future.


  The Midrash relatesAnniversary of Physical and Spiritual Birth  
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