• Shows the cover of a book in Hebrew representing The TalmudAt five years old a person should study the Scriptures
  • at ten years for the Mishnah,
  • at thirteen for the commandments,
  • at fifteen for the Talmud,
  • at eighteen for the bridechamber,
  • at twenty for one’s life pursuit,
  • at thirty for authority,
  • at forty for discernment,
  • at fifty for counsel,
  • at sixty to be an elder,
  • at seventy for gray hairs,
  • at eighty for special strength (Psalm 90:10),
  • at ninety for decrepitude, and
  • at a hundred a man is as one who has already died and has ceased from the affairs of this world.

Source:  Pirkei Avot 5:24.    For more information, click here.

For more information about the human life cycle and its depiction in different cultural traditions, see Thomas Armstrong, The Human Odyssey:  Navigating the Twelve Stages of Life.

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