RIP Kobe Bryant (1978-2020)

One of the hard truths of life is that we never know when our number will be up. If we are lucky, we will live to see old age. But not all of us are so lucky.

NBA legend Kobe Bryant was killed this morning in a helicopter crash with his daughter Gianna and seven other people.

I’m not a huge sports fan. The extend of my sports watching is going a Brooklyn Cyclones game every summer. But I respect hard work, talent, drive and the knowledge that one has to work for what you want from life.

Kobe Bryant was only 41. His daughter was only 13. Their loss, simply on the human level, is palpable and heartbreaking. My heart goes out to his wife, his surviving children, those who knew him best and the millions of basketball fans around the world.

On Yom Kippur, we say the Unetanah Tokef prayer. Part of the prayer is as follows:

And on Yom Kippur it is sealed./How many shall pass away and how many shall be born,/Who shall live and who shall die,

We never know when the final chapter in the book of life will be written. We can only live to the fullest and give thanks for our blessings.

May the memories of Bryant, his daughter, and everyone who perished this morning forever be a blessing. Z”l.

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2 responses to “RIP Kobe Bryant (1978-2020)

  1. I’m certain many share your thoughts today. Death comes every minute but we only notice it when tragedy strikes nearby. People are shocked and saddened, of course, but also jolted, because when an icon dies tragically it is a reminder that no matter your age, wealth, status, beauty, or strength, Death is the equalizer. I think John Donne’s poem, “For Whom the Bell Tolls” is appropriate.
    No man is an island,
    Entire of itself.
    Each is a piece of the continent,
    A part of the main.
    If a clod be washed away by the sea,
    Europe is the less.
    As well as if a promontory were.
    As well as if a manor of thine own
    Or of thine friend’s were.
    Each man’s death diminishes me,
    For I am involved in mankind.
    Therefore, send not to know
    For whom the bell tolls,
    It tolls for thee.

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  2. Thank you for this beautiful tribute to Kobe, his daughter, and the others whose lives were ended so tragically. I think your post is so true, and so well written to honor life in general, as well as to a loss of a person who was living a good and productive life. That is greatly appreciated and very wise.

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