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הַיּוֹם בּוֹ נוֹלַדְתָּ
הוּא הַיּוֹם בּוֹ הֶחְלִיט הקב”ה
שֶׁהָעוֹלָם אֵינוֹ יָכוֹל לְהִתְקַיֵּים בַּלְעֲדֶיךָ
רבי נחמן מברסלב
The day on which you were born,
that is the day on which God declared
that the world could not be preserved without you.
Reb Nachman of Bratslav
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִּיעָנוּ לִזְּמַן הַזֶּה.
Baruch Ata A-do-nai Elo-heinu Melech Haolam she-hech-e-ya-nu v’ki-ma-nu v’hi-gi-ya-nu li-z’man hazeh.
Blessed are You Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe who has given us life, sustained us, and allowed us to reach this day.
Yehudah ben Teima used to say: Five years is the age for the study of Scripture, Ten is the age for the study of Mishnah, Thirteen is the age for observing commandments, Fifteen is the age for the study of Talmud, Eighteen is the age for the wedding canopy, Twenty is the age for pursuit, Thirty is the age for full strength, Forty is the age for understanding, Fifty is the age for giving counsel, Sixty is for mature age, Seventy is the age for a hoary head, Eighty is the age for super added strength, Ninety is the age for a bending stature, One hundred, is the age at which one is as if dead, passed away, and ceased from the world.
This is a very special day
You have filled my life far beyond what words can say
I give thanks to the Holy One for sending you my way
That’s why we celebrate your Birthday.
יב לִמְנוֹת יָמֵינוּ, כֵּן הוֹדַע; וְנָבִא, לְבַב חָכְמָה.
So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom.