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A friend of mine sent me the following email:

At three minutes and four seconds after 2 AM on the 6th of May1 this year, the time and date will be 02:03:04 05/06/07. This will never happen again.

If you're like me, you look at this amazing pattern created by our convention of time and are awed (ok, really, you are slightly amused). This perfect sequence will occur for exactly one second! "Hmmm," you think. "It will occur again at 02:03:04, on May 6th, 2107." But that's in 100 years. I may forget by then. We may have a different system for a calendar. And, I may not be alive. So, should I wake up at 2 AM to experience this once-in-a-lifetime configuration?

Should I wake up at 2:00 AM to experience this once-in-a-lifetime moment? Then I reflect; one second later it will be 02:03:05 05/06/07. This sequence, too, will occur only once in my lifetime. When I wake up, at approximately 06:09:14 05/06/07, this second will also occur only once.

If only we were able to look at each moment in such a special light. If only we saw the unique pattern of every second and minute, the once-in-a-lifetime blessing with which each moment is endowed.

My friend's email brought to mind a teaching quoted by the Rebbe:

The Chassidim of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi were always keeping count. On this, Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitch commented: "That idea characterizes man's service. The hours must be 'counted hours,' then the days will be 'counted days.' When a day passes one should know what he has accomplished and what remains yet to be done... "

With this perspective, "time-management" takes on a whole new meaning. Each and every second produces a genuinely unique pattern that will never again occur! And how I choose to experience this second is my unique input into the Divine tapestry.

So, celebrate the moment. Be joyous in the second. And above all, do something. The opportunity is now.

Europeans, you will have to wait until June 5th for this event.
Rabbi Yisrael Rice is the Executive Director of Chabad of Marin, Marin County, California and Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Jewish Learning Institute. He is the creator of the "Infinite Within" seminar and author of "The Kabbalah of Now."
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yehudis September 29, 2014

time just as a note, 12:34.56 7/8/90
that's 12:34 pm (or am) and 56 seconds on july 8th, 1990. Reply

Judy Resnick Far Rockaway, NY November 25, 2009

Don't Forget Next year, there will be a moment when the time is 11:11:11 on 11/11/11. This will occur three times that day (I include 1:11:11 on 11/11/11).

In 2012, there will be 12:12:12 twice on 12/12/12 (not four times).

As Yisrael Rice said, every moment is important! Reply

sasha September 15, 2008

Yisrael Rice thank you! how short and sweet... and deep! Reply

Luis Arnold Southampton, UK June 5, 2007

Once in a life time I read about this in 'Zoo' magazine the night it was happening so i thought i would stay up and witness this. pretty cool stuff, definatly pub ammo! Reply

eliezer May 13, 2007

Answer to Abraham Gewirtz how about 17:27:37 on the 7th day of 4th month or 4th day of seventh month of 5767...?
17:27:37: 4/7 5767!! Reply

Yisrael Rice (Author) May 8, 2007

Cherish each moment... ...because it is your present! Reply

Michele Cedartown, Ga May 8, 2007

time occurrences Could it be argued then that this phenomenon actually occurs twice in that day? Why so hung up on the AM occurrence? /and your right you should cherish every single second for it could be your last. Reply

Yisrael Rice (Author) May 7, 2007

To Michele But the calendar purists would argue that the time must come before the date : ). Reply

Michele Cedartown, Ga May 7, 2007

on 05.06.07, there was also 05/06/07 08:09:10, numbers are so fun. Reply

Angela* LA May 6, 2007

!!! That's exactly what I was thinking.... Reply

Author May 6, 2007

Focus Ok, thank you everyone who has racked their brains to come up with other sequences. The purpose of the article was to help us accept EVERY moment as a gift, and as truly extraordinary.

Perhaps we could take a few more moments to absorb this point. Then we can go back to number sparring.

Have a nice moment,

Yisrael Rice Reply

Jessica West Orange May 6, 2007

Won't 2:03:04 happen again at 2 PM? It's twice in a day, not to mention twice in a lifetime! Last year, it was 1:02:03 04/05/06. Two years ago it was 1:02 03/04/05. Something like this happens every year. Reply

Inbar Gazit via May 5, 2007

Tom, it's going to repeat in 83 years, right? In July 8th 2090, just about 83 years from now, just a little past midnight, we're going to have the 12:34:56 7/8/90 again. Right Tom? Reply

Steven Shochet caulfield, vic, Australia via May 4, 2007 It is only in North America that this will be in May. For virtually all other Jews, it will be 5th June! Reply

Yisrael Rice May 4, 2007

Author's Response Tom, do you remember what you were doing at that moment? Reply

Tom Reston May 4, 2007

That's nothing- remember the summer of 1990 when the clock read:

12:34:56 7/8/90

That is one event that won't repeat ever again. Reply

Abraham Gewirtz Brooklyn, NY May 2, 2007

5767 Thank you for the interesting article on the moment thing.

I'd like to entertain another idea for the moment:
Army time: 17:37:47 followed by the Jewish year 5767 = 17 37 47 57 67

This happens every day this year

I know I missed 27 - but thats alright - its an attractive skip that will probably cause me to lose sleep trying to figure it out Reply

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