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SERMON: Happy Birthday to Me; Your Rabbi at 70

November 3, 2014

Some years back, Monmouth College in New Jersey awarded an honorary degree to the famous baseball player, Yogi Berra. Mr. Berra addressed the graduates and offered them this pearl of wisdom … he said: “As you embark on the path of life, when you come to a fork in the road, take it!”

Today marks a milestone in the path of my life. Today I turn 70 and I have come to a “fork in the road.” I have to decide which path to take. Turning 70 is a milestone … no getting away from it. Billy Crystal, in a scene in the movie “City Slickers,” captured this feeling so well when addressing the kids in his child’s class, he said: “Value this time in your life, kids. It goes by so fast. When you’re a teenager, you think you can do anything, and you do. Your 20’s are a blur. 30’s–you raise a family, you make a little money, you think to yourself, “What happened to my 20’s?” 40’s–you grow a little pot belly, you grow another chin. The music starts to get
too loud. One of your old girlfriends from high school becomes a grandmother. 50’s–you have minor surgery. You call it a “procedure” but  it’s surgery. 60’s–you have major surgery. The music is still loud but it doesn’t matter because you can’t hear it anyway. 70’s–you and the wife retire to Ft. Lauderdale. You start eating dinner at two o’clock in the afternoon. You have
lunch around ten… breakfast the night before. Spend most of your time wandering around malls looking for the urinal and muttering, “How come the kids don’t call? How come the kids don’t call? READ MORE

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