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Jewish Birthday

Jewish Birthday

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What’s so great about a birthday? Wasn’t it more comfy inside the womb?

But the day you were born was the day you became your very own person—no longer just a watermelon in your mommy’s tummy. That’s why it’s a day to ponder: What have I accomplished by being here? Did the world change because I left that womb?

So, when the Hebrew calendar comes back around to that wonderful day you were born, try some of these great customs:

  • Find an enclave in time and space to think about the past year: what went right, what went not-so-right and what can be fixed.
  • Take your life to a new level with a new mitzvahTake your life to a new level with a new mitzvah.
  • Give some extra charity today. Best just before the morning and afternoon prayers. If your birthday falls on Shabbat or a Jewish holiday, then give before the day begins and after it’s out.
  • Spend more time on your prayers. Say some extra Psalms. (Yes, Psalms are Jewish—King David wrote them.) Your mazel shines extra strong on your birthday, so ask for the right things.
  • Every year of your life has a corresponding Psalm. It’s your age + 1. Learn it today, and say it each day for the coming year.
  • Add to your Torah study time. Share whatever you learn with friends.
  • Farbreng. That’s when friends sit together, make l’chaim and encourage each other to be better Jews. It’s also a great way to publicly thank your Creator for creating your life.
  • Eat a new seasonal fruit on your birthday, just so you can say the Shehecheyanu blessing, thanking G‑d for granting you life.
  • For men: Get an aliyah on the Shabbat before your birthday. If the Torah is read on your birthday, get an aliyah on that day too.

For more about birthdays, visit our Birthday Section.

For a handy tool to find out your Hebrew/Jewish birthday, see our Birthday Calculator.

Illustrations by Yehuda Lang. To view more artwork by this artist, click here.
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Juanito a.k.a. Edward Dubai February 27, 2017

I was told that you (Jews) celebrate birthdays according to a Jew whom I asked.

May I ask how do you celebrate it? Do you also prepare tons of food and drinks and invite family and friends to the birthday?

Since there is no mention of any Jews in the Tanakh who celebrated birthday, which writing or teaching do you follow in celebrating birthdays? Reply

Eliezer Zalmanov for Chabad.org February 26, 2017

That's the only time it's mentioned in the Torah. Reply

Juanito a.k.a. Edward Dubai February 24, 2017

May I ask which book was birthday celebration mentioned? Aside of course of Pharaoh during the time of Joseph. Reply

Anonymous MA May 12, 2014

What happens if your bday falls during the omer? Do you still eat a new seasonal fruit and say the Shehecheyanu blessing? Reply

Sarah Rivka :) Cincinnati, OH June 20, 2013

12 Tammuz, the birthday of the previous Lubavitcher Rebbe. Cool, huh? I didn't even have to make my own party; there was already a farbrengen for women in my community and someone thoughtfully got me a birthday cake and had everyone sing me "happy birthday" and had me prepare and say a dvar Torah! :) Reply

mari queens, ny January 13, 2012

Thanks to G-d and with Chabad's help I feel closer to my identity: a Jew. Reply

Anonymous oakhurst, nj usa November 30, 2009

im just 11 and now i know my hebrew birthday so thank you chabad.org Reply

Sylvia Segall May 28, 2009

;I have noticed that you have to put the American way for date of birthday not the English Is this wbecause this is an American programme Reply

Anonymous Lewis, IN/USA April 22, 2009

Information is very interesting to me. Reply

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