Steve Jobs’ Mussar For Yom Kippur

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  1. dr. bill says:

    The message must be linked to a value system on what is important. The person who most famously expressed this notion- Man is a Being unto Death – was none other than Martin Heidegger, one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century. He became a member of the Nazi party and never expressed regret. Absent a (TORAH) value system, one can be driven but not in the right direction. Nonetheless, the idea is under-appreciated; I had the opportunity to study Heidegger one semester with the late R.D. Walter Wurzberger ztl and it has had lasting impact.

  2. joel rich says:

    “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

    WADR I have to strongly disagree. While yom kippur is certainly a day to think about our finite awareness (R’YBS’s description of our realization of our own mortality) and connect to the infinite, one’s time horizon obviously impacts how one invests one’s time (simple example – you are alone on an island which has a growing season which is ending- do you harvest food today to put away for the winter?). It’s the constant pull of multiple priorities which is the every day challenge of life. Yom Kippur gives us a great opportunity to reflect on whether our decisions on these priorities are increasing or decreasing our connection to the infinite(HKB”H)
    Gmatr Chatimah Tove to all!

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