Have you been reading this year’s Jewels of Elul, daily stories to guide your pre-High Holy Days introspection? The most recent “jewel,” on the topic of aging, is written by a familiar name: Rabbi Sally J. Priesand, the first ordained female rabbi. In “Not Yet,” Rabbi Priesand begins,

In a dilapidated log cabin, near a cornfield, there lived an old farmer. He had lived in the same place for so long that he attracted a lot of attention from passersby. Some believed his age to be 110, yet he maintained a youthful disposition and a sparkling sense of humor. Once a tourist stopped and asked: “Have you lived here all your life?” With a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye, the farmer replied without hesitation: “Not yet.”

Read the rest of her piece and browse the other “jewels” for a little Elul pick-me-up.