I confess to a hang-up about celebrating my birthday. It makes me uncomfortable. I would rather the day just slip by unnoticed.
The aging process does not annoy me. The usual banter about aging is that the alternative is worse. Perhaps it’s the self-centeredness of the day that leaves me less than enthusiastic.
The birthday theme of Rosh Hashanah can on the other hand be very satisfying. To start life anew, to overcome yesterday’s errors, to begin again when liberated by refreshed hope, to discover new possibilities, to wakeup to the excitement of surprises for tomorrow... that is the spirit of the Jewish New Year. I prefer celebrating Rosh Hashanah’s emphasis on the birthday of the world, than my own.