I LOVE my birthday.
Growing up, we always celebrated the date according to the Gregorian calendar (February 11).
Somewhere along the way, I decided that I wanted to celebrate my birthday according to the Hebrew calendar (22 of Shvat).
For years, I pestered my family not to call on the English date, but rather on the Hebrew date.
My mother protested that she never knows the Hebrew date. Year after year, I pointed out that my birthday is exactly one week after Tu B'Shvat. Whatever day Tu B'Shvat falls out, one week later, on that same day, is my birthday.
Well, last year, for the first time, nobody called to wish me a "Happy Birthday" on February 11th.
IT WAS HORRIBLE!!!
First I called my sister. Then I called my mom. I retracted everything!
From that moment, I decided to celebrate BOTH birthdays.
A while later, I started hearing about people who celebrate both birthdays and all the days in between.
There is, of course, some debate over what to call those in between days.
The best choice is "Bein hazmanim" (but "chol hamoed" works too).
Meanwhile, thanks to Facebook, I did not have to worry about anyone forgetting my secular birthday this year!
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,