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TEXT 5: Talmud, Shabbat 153a
Rabbi Eliezer said: “Repent one day before your death.”
Rabbi Eliezer’s students asked him: “But does a person know the day on which he will die?”
He said to them: All the more so, one should repent today lest he die tomorrow. Thus one will spend his entire life in repentance.
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:
- What do you think of Rabbi Eliezer’s advice?
- What would it look like to live every day like it might be your last?
- Is there a goal you have put on a back burner but not forgotten about? How might you start taking steps toward fulfilling it?