The years of our life…

Rashi: “This comes to show that all of her days were productive”

We have learnt to add years to life, but we are becoming increasingly unsuccessful in adding life to years.

Despite the clichés − “living in the moment”; “live each day like it’s your last”; “count your blessings” − we constantly seem to be waiting for life to happen.

It’s not going to and it just did.

Just as we spend time worrying about things that never materialise, we spend more time waiting and wanting things to happen, but are often oblivious to them when they do happen.

King Solomon writes of this phenomenon in his song of songs: A prince bids his bride farewell as he leaves on a lengthy journey, promising to one day return. Every night his bride laments his absence before she goes to bed, hoping one day that he’ll come back. Then, after many years, the prince returns and bangs on his bride’s door, announcing his triumphant homecoming. Alas, she is so busy crying herself to sleep, muttering, “If only my prince would return…”, that she misses his knock. Eventually, the disenchanted prince shuffles away, despondent. At that point it dawns upon the bride that she may have heard a knock at the door. She rushes to open it … only to find no one there.

So too with life, we wait for our ‘moment’ to arrive. But when opportunity knocks, we are too ‘busy’ to hear it.

A life well lived is one lived in the present, not the future or the past.



About the Author
Rabbi Krebs was born to a traditional family in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 1997 he and his entire family moved to Sydney where he studied a BCom -Finance and Information Systems- at the University of New South Wales. It was during this time that he decided to explore his Jewish roots and spent time at Yeshiva in the old city of Jerusalem. Upon completing his degree Rabbi Krebs made Aliya to Israel where he has served in the Israeli defence force. He initially studied in the famed Yeshivat Har Etzion under the tutelage of Rabbi Aaron Lichtenstein. His subsequently began studying for his semicha under Rabbi Shlomo Riskin and Rabbi Chaim Brovender at Yeshivat Hamivtar, Efrat. In 2007 Rabbi Krebs was appointed as the fulltime Rabbi of Kehillat Masada. He is a qualified Psychotherapist and Professional mediator.