Monday, May 4, 2009

Har Nof - An Aging Community?

I have been meaning to post this image for months. I was finally motivated to action last week to commemorate the mitzvah of מפני שיבה תקום והדרת פני זקן which appears in parshas Kedoshim. Though I still didn't get it posted by Shabbos.

The sign is found on Rechov Agassi almost across the street from Kehillat Bnei Torah. It has been there for as long as I can remember (about 20 minutes on average) and I am not aware of another sign like it anywhere in Har Nof or in the entire world, for that matter. I wonder if they have such a sign near Neve Simcha?

What is it doing of all places on Rechov Agassi? There are no old age homes in Har Nof. The average "baal habus" in Har Nof is about 45. The bus routes do not go down Agassi so it is a much quieter street than Shaulson or Katzenelenbogen. And it has enough speed bumps to keep draggers at bay and provide ample parnassah to all the mechanics in Givat Shaul.

Perhaps it pays to remind lower aged people that nobody ever gets any younger. Maybe we need to put a sign like this in Ramat Beit Shemesh?

רבי טרפון אומר: היום קצר , והמלאכה מרבה, והפועלים עצלים, והשכר הרבה, ובעל הבית דוחק

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