A moment in time
A weekly reminder from Rabbi Shapiro that a change in perspective can shift the focus of our day - and even our lives.
Rabbi Shapiro is a weekly blog contributor to the Jewish Journal where he shows how the simplest of daily experiences can become the most meaningful of life's blessings. All it takes is a moment in time. Read the latest entry here, and click below for past articles.
Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Memorial Day.
I Am A Jew Because ...
April 11, 2018 - 26 NISAN 5778
Tonight (Wednesday, April 11) begins Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day.
Our people was nearly exterminated. And I therefore have an obligation to better understand why being Jewish is so important to me.
I am a Jew because I want to leave the world a better place through how I live.
I am a Jew because I am partners with God.
I am a Jew because I wrestle with God.
I am a Jew because every answer opens the door to new questions.
I am a Jew because my husband and I keep a Jewish home.
I am a Jew because I rekindle an Eternal Flame.
I am a Jew because I want the next generation - and the generation after that - to rekindle the flame as well.
I am a Jew because every time I say the Shema, Hitler loses.
I am a Jew because I share the study of Torah with Rabbis Hillel, Akiva, Isaac Meyer Wise, and Sally Priesand.
I am a Jew because I share the study of Torah with all who want to engage the text.
I am a Jew because Abraham confronted God, Moses stood up to God, and Elijah looked out of the box to find God.
I am a Jew because Israel evokes a sense of pride.
I am a Jew because listening to Carole King's music evokes a sense of pride.
I am a Jew because at any given moment in time, I realize that I am part of something holy, something meaningful, and something unique.
For all those who live in places where Judaism is part of your life, I would love to know what makes it important and relevant in our day.
With love and shalom,
Rabbi Zach Shapiro