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Yavis and Zavis

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One of the cruellest elements of the Corona virus has been its effects on the most vulnerable. Like the ancient Amalekite enemy of the Jews, in the first instance, it attacks the elderly and the infirm. In Australia, the deaths of so many older people from the virus has left a trail of sorrow and sadness. It has also highlighted the weaknesses in our aged care system. It has hopefully got us all to think a little more carefully about aging and our responsibilities to our senior citizens.

The process of aging is as inevitable as it is universal. We live with it every day and the way we face it is indicative of who we are. There are many who resist the reality of aging fighting it with Botox and denial; there are others who accept it with regret and then there are the individuals who age with grace.

I love the way the Torah (both written and rabbinic) grapples with the dilemmas and delights of aging. The first reference to aging is in the story of Abraham although we have met a few ancient mariners before his time, especially the oldest man who ever lived, Methuselah. He lives no less than 969 years… another 31 years and he would probably have got a telegram from God Himself!

The Torah tells us “Abraham was old, he came with........

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