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Never Too Old

At 102, Ingeborg Rapoport just passed her oral exam for her doctorate that the Nazis prevented her from getting.

A new Guinness world record has just been set.

Never Too Old

It shows us how sometimes wrongs can be righted after many decades. It proves that it’s possible for dreams to be realized even in the late twilight of our lives. It is heartwarming and inspiring. But perhaps most of all it reminds us that age is not an insurmountable barrier to great achievements.

Ingeborg Rapoport just passed her oral examination for her doctoral degree. At age 102, professors from the University of Hamburg questioned her for close to an hour on her thesis about diphtheria and were unanimous in their praise. True, the retired neonatologist who lives in Berlin had submitted her original scholarly work back in 1938 but after having her scientific conclusions validated she was not permitted to proceed with the oral exam for “racial reasons.” With a Jewish mother, the Nazis considered her ineligible for academic advancement and her medical career was categorically suspended.

Emigrating to the United States, she would finally be able to achieve part of her dream. She got her MD, married and raised a family. Only her doctorate was stolen from her by the cruelty of Nazi anti-Semitism. But recently, fate intervened. A colleague of her son, a Harvard medical school professor, shared her story with present Dean of the University of Hamburg’s medical school. Wanting to rectify the ancient wrong, the Dean allowed her now to qualify for the long denied degree. Nonetheless, she would have to pass an oral showing her knowledge of present-day advances in the field. And so Ingeborg, with failing eyesight, had friends read to her from the Internet all the current new information about diphtheria. She absorbed it all, retained it sufficiently to overwhelmingly satisfy her examiners and today occupies the unique record of being the oldest person, at the age of 102, ever to receive a doctoral degree.

Grandma Moses and the A Team

Of course old age is not always so kind. For many, Robert Browning’s words to “grow old along with me, the best is yet to be” seem more wishful thinking than realistic possibility. Yet, it bears noting that some of mankind’s most remarkable achievements came from those already far advanced in years.

Much has been written about Anna Mary Robertson Moses, better known to the world as Grandma Moses, a woman who didn’t begin to paint until the age of 76, when her hands became too crippled by arthritis to hold an embroidery needle. She found herself unable to sit around and do nothing, after a long life spent working on farms, and without any formal art training began a career spanning over a quarter of a century which would make her an internationally renowned figure whose paintings were praised by President John F. Kennedy as “inspiring an entire nation.”.

There have been many others who made a powerful impact on the world even after becoming octogenarians. At 89, Arthur Rubinstein gave one of his greatest recitals in New York’s Carnegie Hall. At 89, Albert Schweitzer headed a hospital in Africa. At 88, Pablo Casals was giving cello concerts. At 88, Michelangelo conceived some of his greatest architectural plans. At 85, Coco Chanel was the head of a fashion design firm. At 84, Somerset Maugham wrote Points of View.
At 83, Aleksandr Kerensky wrote Russia and History’s Turning Point. At 82, Winston Churchill wrote a History of English Speaking People. At 82, Leo Tolstoy wrote I Cannot Be Silent. At 81, Benjamin Franklin negotiated the compromise that led to the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.
At 81, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe finished Faust.

But there is one more octogenarian who truly changed the history of the entire world. Grandma Moses may have inspired a nation but Moses the lawgiver, Moses the leader of the Jewish people, Moses who spoke “face-to-face” with the Almighty without doubt transformed all of mankind.

Read the biblical story and you may perhaps be amazed to note that Moses began his career at the well advanced age of 80. It was then that he stood at a bush which burned but miraculously was not consumed. It was then that he began his mission to free the Jewish people from the slavery of Egypt and to bring them to Mount Sinai to receive the words of God’s Torah. It was then that he took upon himself the difficult role of leader, teacher and guide of the Jewish people so that they might become a light unto all the nations.

And perhaps of all the messages which Moses would bring to the world, the one most closely linked with his age at the time of embarking upon a new career in life might well be the most inspiring. Age brings with it its own list of infirmities. Yet it also endows us with a kind of wisdom unknown to the young. It continues to offer us challenges and new opportunities. We may be too old to run marathons but we are never too old to dream dreams – the dreams of Ingeborg Rapoport, of Grandma Moses, and of all those who showed us that life offers ongoing trials, opportunities and blessings.

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My Son’s Short But Very Meaningful Life

By Schneur and Rachi Garb

My son, Yisrael Zalman Baruch, was born perfectly healthy and he remained this way until his bris (circumcision). About two days later, my wife noticed that he was lethargic, not eating normally and his color seemed to change at times from newborn pink to bluish. We were not alarmed because we had heard that infants can turn bluish due to bad circulation. The next day we had a doctor who lives in our building check him out. He said that he seemed fine, that his lungs and heart sounded good. We also called our pediatrician who said that if his lips turned blue we should bring him into the emergency room, which unfortunately came to pass. We rushed him to the hospital. When the nurse looked at my son, she grabbed him out of our hands and hurriedly called over a number of doctors who immediately started to work on him. As they were trying to revive him there was a Muslim couple in one room and an African American Christian woman in the other. When they saw my son and saw our faces, they all started to pray for him. At this point I realized that my son was someone special. Continue reading


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Deaf & Depressed

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Beethoven was as we know a great source of confidence for himself and for others, being able to create music and play music even after being completely deaf is by itself quite a miracle.

Although it was clear to everyone that beethoven was but a man, he conquered his disability and led himself to being one of the Continue reading


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Embracing Failure

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Why failure is essential to building genuine self-confidence.

Most of us think of failure as a plague to avoid at all costs, or something inevitable that we must endure.

But failure is actually a key component to building self-confidence, perhaps even more than success. Counter-intuitive? Allow me to explain. Continue reading


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Never Forget The Value of Time.

We must never forget how valuable TIME is. Every day is a treasure; a gift. This could be our last; we’re not promised tomorrow. Be present. Be in the moment. Pay attention to people. Look them in the eye when talking to them. Listen to their words without thinking of something else while they are talking. Smile, care, love, be happy. Be grateful. Take notice of God’s creation around you. Thank Him for what you see; the hills, the trees, flowers, clouds, moon. Learn to quiet your mind and sit still. Take deep breaths. We can’t hear God’s still, small voice if we are constantly stimulating our minds with technology. Eat slowly and enjoy your food. Organize your time, daily, so it will not be wasted. Live today on purpose. Do everything for a reason. Time is precious; valuable. When it’s gone, it’s gone. Never to be seen again. Make a difference. Give. Enjoy. Don’t take everything so seriously. Live without regrets.


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Are You Dealing Drugs?

I agree with Darren on this 100%. What we fill our eyes, ears and minds with is what we become and shapes our future. Filling our minds with too much negativity and bad news will cause us to be down and depressed more than if we filled our minds with positive information as much as possible. Think about it.

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