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A Bisl Torah – Measuring

Is it worth knowing how long we might live? Does that change the ways we might treat ourselves or each other?
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June 20, 2024
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In the fictional book, 鈥淭he Measure鈥 by Nikki Erlick, the world turns upside down with a single occurrence. Outside each home is a box containing a unique string to be matched with the people within the household. Accompanying the string is a message, 鈥淭he measure of your life lies within.鈥 Some strings are longer, others shorter. The measurement of the string foretells whether you will live longer or spend less physical time on earth.

The book asks us to ponder, is it worth knowing how long we might live? Does that change the ways we might treat ourselves or each other?

Rabbi Eliezer taught, 鈥淩epent one day before your death.鈥 15th century commentator, Bartenura explains that one doesn鈥檛 know when he will die; therefore, he should repent today. Meaning, the question is not when you will die; the question is how you use your days while you are alive.

While artificial intelligence tries to give us accurate predictions about our timelines, there is still no box or string waiting outside our door. Which means, while we are breathing, let us take time to make amends, seek out holy connections and experience the love this world offers鈥 right here鈥ight now.

Make the most of today. Who knows what tomorrow might bring?

Shabbat Shalom


Rabbi Nicole Guzik is senior rabbi at Sinai Temple. She can be reached at her Facebook page at or on Instagram . For more writings, visit Rabbi Guzik鈥檚 from Sinai Temple鈥檚 website.

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