“Once I went to speak with a special Rabbi, Rav Noach Weinberg… We spent a long time talking about the essence of life and the meaning of life. And he told me, ‘try to live each day of your life as if that would be the last day of your life.’ … (On the bus ride back), suddenly someone gets up and says ‘chafetz chashud, there is a suspicious object in the bus.’ I was thinking to myself, ‘look how fragile is the human being. Just moments ago this Rabbi told me live your life as if is the last day of your life.’ And I realized we are fragile. Today we are here, maybe tomorrow we’re not here.’”
Rabbi Sergio Slomianski is the Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Mexico City. We got to spend a quick 10 minutes before he had to officiate at a funeral. In that 10 minutes, he conveyed quite a lot! How fragile life is, how the spiritual life keeps us from being overly materialistic and provides greater meaning, and how he found that his own spirituality had to first be preceded by study before he could experience a spiritual feeling.