INN had a small item about a holocaust survivor who was unable to celebrate his bar mitzvah at the age of 13 because he was sent to the concentration camps. Yesterday he celebrated his bar mitzvah at the Western Wall at the age of 82.
For those of you who missed the story of a centenarian who is still going strong, click here to view a video of Irving Kahn, a 106-year-old stockbroker who is a true occupier of Wall Street.
Yesterday I was involved in preparations for a Chanukah party for the older women in the neighborhood who attend a weekly shiur. A musician was invited and some women volunteered to make latkes. Jelly donuts were also on the menu. I asked two girls in their early twenties to provide some youthful enthusiasm and to encourage some of the older ladies to dance. I must say it was a resounding success. But what stuck in my mind were the comments made by one of the young girls. She was quite impressed with a woman who showed great respect to her older mother, making sure that she was dressed beautifully and taking care that her makeup was impeccable. The woman also made sure that her mother participated in the dancing which was no easy feat. The sight has left an indelible impression on the young girl.
Kol hakavod to all the volunteers who had a hand in providing much pleasure to the septuagenarians, octogenarians and nonagenarians. And to the daughter who took such good care of a frail mother, you are an inspiration to all.