Yael Eckstein on What It Means to Serve God in Every Season of Our Lives

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“This is what you are to offer on the altar regularly each day: two lambs a year old. Offer one in the morning and the other at twilight.” — Exodus 29:38–39

In Judaism, one of the 613 mitzvot —commands — given to the children of Israel is to show respect for the elderly because of their wisdom, and to uphold their dignity. Paul echoed this command in his letter to his younger protégé, Timothy (1 Timothy 5:1). Explore this commandment in its various applications through the timeless teachings of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein.

According to Jewish tradition, Abraham’s coins contained an image of a young man and woman on one side and an image of an elderly man and woman on the other. Of course, these images weren’t simply there to beautify Abraham’s currency. They had a message and meaning that both Abraham and Sarah carried with them throughout their lives.

It’s a reminder of the lessons we can learn from the seasons of our lives – our youth and our senior years.

The young have an advantage over the elderly. They are full of passion and strength. They are more physically able and, very often, more ideologically driven. This is why so many reform movements have started on college campuses – the young are energized and ready to do what it takes to achieve their goals.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Yael Eckstein