My father-in-law, Harry Rosefsky of blessed memory, used to say how “time had wings,” especially on his birthdays. He was blessed to live a good, long life of 98 years.
His words bring together the fragility of life itself with the unknown, punctuating the circle of life itself. After writing articles for the AJT over the last few years, I felt fortunate to interview so many thoughtful men and women who included area clergy, physicians, artists, writers, community leaders, colleagues, friends, and younger members of our community too, who shared their philosophies with me.
Some of what I learned from them impacted my own life, to better understand how to cope with whatever changes may come my way. The liturgy during the Ten Days of Awe includes that prayer about who shall die, who shall live, who shall be sick, who shall be well and so forth.
Judaism doesn’t guarantee 100% perfection in one’s life or our health, but it does give us some road map for strength to deal with whatever new challenges we face.
I wish the community a good year, filled with sweet blessings to live as fully as possible in each moment every day, with gratitude. And may G-d shelter you with everlasting love.
Flora Rosefsky is an artist, grandmother, mother, wife and previous contributor to the Atlanta Jewish Times.