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Yom Kippur: The Two Most Important Days In Your Life

There is an extremely moving scene towards the end of the film Schindler's List, one that makes a profound impression on all those who have seen it.

As WW2 comes to an end, the workers at Oscar Schindler’s factory decide to give their savior a gift as a token of their appreciation. With gold taken from a tooth implant, they design a ring with the following inscription: “Whoever saves one life, saves the entire world” (Talmud).

As Mr Schindler receives the ring, he breaks down crying uncontrollably and repeatedly mutters the words, “I could have done more.”

Each and every one of us was born in order to fulfil a particular purpose. It is our challenge to discover our mission. As Mark Twain once said: “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why”.

This “why” is succinctly captured by the Baal Shem Tov who said: “A soul enters this world just so it can do a favor for another”.

Events in the recent past have profoundly impacted us all. It is as if history is challenging our generation to discover its why. This is especially true with young people, who are more desperate for a purpose than ever.

Once a year we are given the opportunity to discover and reflect on our purpose in this world. Yom Kippur is the moment in time when we ought to listen carefully to our soul’s silent cry calling out in search of that purpose.

Let’s add value in people’s lives. Let’s do random acts of kindness, (you never know which one is your why). Let’s forgive those who have wronged us. Let’s compliment friends or strangers at the beginning of every conversation. (Try this, it will change your life).

Let’s not waste any more time.

Don’t be afraid.

Seize the moment.

Begin to live a life that truly fulfils your why.


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