I loved Mickey Maurer’s article about reaching age 70 [Maurer: Embrace a decade of firsts, not lasts, Aug. 14]. I still have a way to go before getting there but like your attitude.
I could not help but chuckle re: “not going to a required social engagement because you didn’t want to.” I was recently asked to visit a Jewish woman in an old-folks home, as she wanted to speak to a rabbi and had had a “falling out” with her rabbi some years back. After I introduced myself, her first words were, “Why do you have such an ugly beard?” Her family was mortified but I thought it was hilarious. I’m not sure 70 is the age to say exactly what’s on your mind, or perhaps it is 80, but anyway, I wish you many continued years of active and productive life.
Avi Grossbaum, rabbi
Chabad Center for Jewish Life