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The importance of religious/­spiritual involvemen­t and longevity cannot be stressed enough. In Jewish thought, there is a story from the Talmud in which an elderly woman approaches a rabbi and wants to know why she is still alive. When the rabbi inquires, she reveals that she always attends synagogue. The rabbi advises her that if she stops attending for three consecutiv­e days. After the three days, she dies. While the story is about 2000 yrs old, the premise is one which is time immemorial­. The routine of carving out time in one’s day for prayer and contemplat­ion has a positive effect on one’s physical well being as well. As such, it should behoove religious entities to provide for the elderly, especially if there is an idea of respect and appreciati­on for what they have done in life.
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