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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!!

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.


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,


Robin said...

You've got all the bases covered this year! Have a wonderful FIVE birthdays.

You know, my husband has claimed for years that he should be able to celebrate his entire "birthday month" ;-).

rickismom said...

So happy birthday, and here's a cyber toast to MANY MANY more!

SuperRaizy said...

Wishing you a very happy and a very healthy year!

Sarah said...

Hey! Happy birthday to you! Wish we could do a l'chayim together. You know, I can see your smile in your post today Here's one back for you :-) Keep on smiling!

Anonymous said...

ad meáh v'esrim!
:^> bw

ParkerAmitay said...

Mazal Tov Rivka! from Einat

Rahel Jaskow said...

Mazal tov! I'm for celebrating all the intermediate days as well, if not the entire month.

Anonymous said...

we do the intermediate days too, at least for the kids. i still think in english, so dont get so into my hebrew bday.

happy birthday!

RivkA with a capital A said...

Robin -- I'm with your husband!!

Ricki's Mom -- here, here!

SuperRaizy -- amen!

Sarah -- :-) (keep on truckin'!)

BW -- that's the plan!

Einat -- thanks!!

Rahel -- the more the merrier!!

Chanie -- I actually find it easier to remember the Hebrew date because mine is exactly one week after Tu B'Shvat. I am calendar challenged -- if there wasn't a national holiday preceding my birthday, I wouldn't remember it either!