When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’

Steve Jobs’ voice trembled as he shared these words to college students in 2005. (https://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html)

He continued: “Since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

Friends, during the next 24 hours, we too will be looking at ourselves in the mirror as we ask the same question. “Am I being true to myself, to my purpose, to my Jewish identity?” It’s not an easy question. But it is Yom Kippur’s most important question.

So on this eve of Yom Kippur, I beg you: this year make a decision to take upon yourself one more Mitzvah. Make a decision to grow Jewishly with one good deed. Make a decision to create an additional connection, to build a stronger bridge, between you – the real you – and G-d.

It could be anything: from wearing Tefillin every day, or more than you do now, to affixing Mezuzot on all your doorposts, to going to the Mikvah, to lighting Shabbat candles, to helping the needy, to visiting the sick. Any Mitzvah can, and will, enrich and empower. And you never know; your mitzvah may carry a “ripple-effect” and bring about positive change not just to your world, but to our entire globe.