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.

A Moment in Time:

When You Find Yourself in Deep Water

August 15, 2018 - 4 ELUL 5778


Dear all,

While I was at the pool at our Tel Aviv Hotel, I noticed a sign that is rather ordinary - yet quite profound. While it simply indicated the deep verses shallow ends of the pool, it also served as a metaphor.

This Saturday night, the Jewish world enters Elul, the month preceding Rosh HaShanah (the Jewish New Year). The entire month demands that we soul-search, look at ourselves in the mirror and strive to unload baggage that has weighed us down. We create opportunities to make amends and build bridges, to repair relationships and restore balance.

And while it can take a lot of work, we often find that getting out of deep water often begins by making one small step in the right direction.

What step will you make at this moment in time?

Now, if you feel like you are in so deep that you have no footing to make that step, life-preservers are out there. Reach for them so they guide you toward solid ground. They come in the form of prayers, songs, body movements, study, and rituals. Harness them while you regain your life-balance!

With love and shalom,

Rabbi Zach Shapiro
Temple Akiba of Culver City