Retirement Yenta gives you permission to learn like a child — with fresh eyes and a new spirit. Believe me, things are changing all over the world, and there is a lot you don’t know. You may not know what you don’t know. Keep an open mind. From time to time, just sit still and consolidate your thinking. Start learning new things and experiment — ask all the “stupid questions” you always wanted to ask. At this point in your life, it will be fun to be naive.
Retirement Yenta, as you may well know, believes in a fit body and a fit mind. With the High Holy Days (the High Ho’s) rapidly approaching, your dear Yenta has turned her mind to spiritual matters. Like all good Yentas, this Yenta wants to share some good advice that she received from her friend, Adena Brenner: Dedicate each day to working on one aspect in our lives that needs improving and re-tooling. It might be reaching out to someone we may have offended. It might mean setting aside part of everyday to daven, whether the daily prayers or tehillim and to work on having greater kavannah. It might mean volunteering at a homeless shelter. It might just be a daily self accounting, a two minute a day cheshbon hanefesh.