By: Rabbi Harry Sky
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
S. Maine University, Portland, Maine

No matter who we are, or where we live, the rebirth that is spring is with us.

Each of us celebrates it in our own way. Easter, Passover and other traditions and rituals. What prompts the feeling of rebirth. Our scientists have taught us cells die and cells are born. Throughout our lives birth and death are benchmarks in life, but not final statements.

We of the lifelong learning community discovered this fact many years ago. Most of us realize our conscious lives are but a segment of our total existence. We enter life with some connection to our biological parents, and their selves are recorded experiences of generations that preceded them. Thus our lives are from "prenatal to postmortem."

In our Jewish liturgy we say, "Fear not death nor what is yet to be." We are taught honor the day in which you find yourself. It is your birthday. We err when we treat the present day lightly, not giving it its own eternal aspects.

One of my teachers once said to me, "Don't get caught up in what seems to be the current vogue in your life. It's transitory. Tomorrow it will be part of the eternal prenatal ready to give birth to another historical segment."

Enjoy the spring. Enjoy its message of hope. May it give you the strength to face today and another day.

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