Day 1380: Book of Life

On the eve of the 63rd Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) in the book of my life, I am thinking about the Book of Life:

In Christianity and Judaism, the Book of Life (Hebrew: ספר החיים, transliterated Sefer HaChaim; Greek: βιβλίον τῆς ζωῆς Biblíon tēs Zōēs) is the book in which God records the names of every person who is destined for Heaven or the World to Come. According to the Talmud it is open on Rosh Hashanah, as is its analog for the wicked, the Book of the Dead. For this reason extra mention is made for the Book of Life during Amidah recitations during the Days of Awe, the ten days between Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, and Yom Kippur, the day of atonement (the two High Holidays, particularly in the prayer Unetaneh Tokef).  — Wikipedia

Earlier this year, many book-reading cardiologists in my life told me I absolutely needed open heart surgery, if I wanted to live a good and long life.  Therefore, I’ve been writing in this Blogging Book of Life many, many entries about preparing for and then recovering from my September 21 heart valve replacement surgery.

Honestly, I was scared  I might not make into the next book of life, but I did!

Yesterday, as I was thinking about many memories of the Book of Life at synagogue when I was just a kid with a congenital heart condition, I realized I wanted to do my own, personal ritual about The Book of Life.  So, I took a blank book I had purchased around this time last year and did this:

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Yay!  I made it into the Book of Life!

Here are my other photos from yesterday, which are now making it into this here blogging book of life:

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My photographer friend Kathy, who was in my book of life yesterday, sent me these two photos, which I hereby inscribe in my  blogging Book of Life:

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Now, here’s some music associated with The Book of Life:

I hope you write something in this blogging book of life, below.

Thanks to all who helped me write this Book of Life post and to you — of course! — no matter how you are writing in your own book of life, today.

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30 thoughts on “Day 1380: Book of Life

  1. You were already brave to start with but I like to think you knowing how we’re al here for you helps.

  2. Sweet and joyfilled and healthy New year, Ann! Thrive on! Love you❤️

  3. Good morning, Ann! Thanks to your Book of Life post, I can still make sure my own entry this year is a little better! As a practicing Buddhist, I tend to forget the traditions if not reminded. We moved out of NYC in June. Here in NE PA, there are no reminders of Yom Tov. I knew but didn’t know it was this week. So thanks to your reminder, I’m going to tear up and drop some rye bread into the lake by us this afternoon, and make an early enough dinner to have at least a modified fast tomorrow. There are exactly 2 authentic bagel stores here within a 30 mile area, both at least 10 miles away, so I’ll stop by the one closest my office today after work to get bagels (and lox for my sweetheart) so we can break the fast, such as it may be, tomorrow night. Wishing you a good fast, (which because of meds and such, will be just what it needs to be for you). 🔯☸️❤️🌞

  4. Happy and Healthy and may you be inscribed in the book of life my friend!

  5. I am so glad your Book of Life includes all the amazing things you see on your journey every day — and that it is continuing to be a journey of life and discovery, love and gratitude. ❤
    PS — it was Canadian Thanksgiving this past weekend — Mother Nature decided our lives in Calgary needed snow. I think she confused Canadian Thanksgiving with your Thanksgiving later in November — or maybe Christmas!

  6. May you be written (or write yourself) in all the Books of Life, Ann, for a sweet year, a year of health and energy, a year of love and optimism, a year of happy family. 🙂

  7. You are blooming with good health now. Thanks for the education and the little bit of eye candy in your music video and the sunflower hat may be the next fashion craze!

  8. Gene Phillips

    Really nice book and post. I am not sure that this toast really fits with Yom Kippur, but… l’chaim tovim ul’shalom.

  9. The first time I visited a synagogue the rabbi and I talked about Jewish holidays. When he talked about Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, he said something I’ve never forgotten: “We leave the past behind us but we must remember it. Without knowing where we’ve been we can’t know where we’re going.”
    I now realize that knowing the past doesn’t just give us a sense of direction. Your Book Of Life can also help you defend your life against the future’s uncertainties.

  10. Looking good! Hugs for life!

  11. My book of life would be full of screw ups and moments I would rather forget but it would be mine with all the good, great and terrible bits in it, it would also be somewhat boring

  12. Of course you were scared. You have had every reason to be

  13. My Book of Life is still in progress. May yours continue, Ann, for many years.

  14. Ann,
    All I have for you is that since you are here reading this: my prayers have been answered.
    -Alan

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