The 19th century Hasidic Rabbi Mendel of Kotzk taught his disciples not to fear death by offering yet another parable.
He told them, "Death is just a matter of going from one room to another – and the latter is far more beautiful." Perhaps this is what moved Steve Jobs to exclaim "Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow." He was describing the indescribable – a vision of a beautiful and wondrous place that will serve as our final home after we are freed from the restrictive confines of our mortal bodies.
I love the end-of-the-year lists the media comes up with.
We've been bombarded with compilations of almost every conceivable category.
When Moses asked God to allow him to see the Almighty, the response was: "Man cannot see Me and live." The inference for the Sages was that with death, however, we will be granted a glimpse of His glory – a vision so magnificent that it must almost certainly evoke a cry of "Oh wow" in response.
Sudden Serenity I have counseled hundreds of people in times of despair and loss, and learned much from them as well.
According to the Wall Street Journal the winning entry was Steve Jobs' exclamation, "Oh wow. Oh wow." They were his last words before he passed away.She has chosen to describe death as "breaking out of a cocoon and emerging as a butterfly." Our bodies during life represent physical limitations.Without them we are, for the first time, able to soar to heights previously unattainable."His breath indicated an arduous journey, some steep path, altitude. "But with that will, that work ethic, that strength, there was also sweet Steve's capacity for wonderment, the artist's belief in the ideal, the still more beautiful later. We can't imagine our nonexistence, and so we deny the possibility of our disappearance."Steve's final words, hours earlier, were monosyllables, repeated three times. All of us will leave this earth without the certainty of our destination. Like Woody Allen, we claim we're not afraid of death but "We just don't want to be there when it happens." We stubbornly persist in believing that we will somehow be the exception to the fate of all humankind.