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Yom Kippur, Steve Jobs, And Knowing/Doing What Matters

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

I never knew Steve Jobs, and I haven’t been an Apple fangirl until very recently.  But his death, his oh so too early death, coming so close to Yom Kippur, has intensified my sense of this holiest of Jewish holidays.  There’s absolutely no connection between Steve Jobs’ death and Yom Kippur, but in my mind they are now linked forever because both events urge us to reflection.

Both events reinforce the idea that each day is precious, each of our behaviors/words/deeds matters, and each of us is called to a higher purpose.  As Mr. Jobs battled ill health and faced his own mortality, his own words tell us that he became very conscious of how he spent his time and with whom. 

For those of us who are Jewish, while we are alive, Yom Kippur is our own chance to rewrite the script.  In fact, Yom Kippur requires of us that we stop, reflect on how we are living in relationship to others as well as in relationship to the ideals we’ve been taught.  It is the time when we commit ourselves to doing better, being more of what we should be, and making good on our responsibility of Tikkun Olam (“to fix the world”).

Do I really want to spend 5772 as I’ve spent 5771?  What changes are needed in me?   What changes are needed in what I do and don’t do?  What must I do more of or better to honor my relationships with family and friends as well as to honor my human potential?  We are each given a set of inherent capabilities and commanded to make the best use possible of them.  Have I really done that?  Have I fulfilled my promise? 
 
There are so many questions that we are asked to consider on Yom Kippur as we rededicate ourselves to something larger than ourselves.  For me personally, the timing of this Yom Kippur will forever be linked to the collective introspection of the worldwide technology community as we contemplate a world without one of our heroes, without Steve Jobs.  No one who accepts the challenge of deep reflection presented by Yom Kippur, or by the life and death of Steve Jobs, can emerge unchanged — nor will I.
 
May you have an easy fast.

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