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:

Living in a Shadow

Thursday, July 18, 2019 / 15 tammuz, 5779

Dear all,

Ron and I arrived in Israel earlier this week. As we strolled Tel Aviv, I looked up and noticed a partial lunar eclipse. What had once appeared as a full moon was now obstructed by the shadow of the earth. It took my breath away.

But it also got me thinking. We all go through times in life when we live in a shadow:

Those suffering an illness or injury.

Those living with depression.

Those in grief following the death of a loved one.

Those under the influence of substance.

Those with overbearing family members.

Those whose ideas are suffocated.

In the case of the eclipse ... Well, it passed, and the fullness of the moon shone once again. But in our lives, sometimes our circumstances pass quickly. And sometimes they don’t. So remember, even in the shadows, our souls are sources as well as reflections of light. And if for a moment in time you feel surrounded by darkness, find your inner light, and let it guide you toward tomorrow.


With love and Shalom from Israel,

Rabbi Zach Shapiro