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:

Boredom is a Blessing

February 21, 2019 / 16 ADAR I , 5779

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Dear all,

Long car rides.

The last 1/2 hour of an opera.

Slow internet speeds.


Standing in line.

And dare I say … a rabbi’s sermon!

What do they all have in common? They all have the potential to be boring.

But is that such a bad thing?

Life today often gives our eyes an overdose of entertainment. But what about our minds? What about our souls? Sometimes when we allow ourselves to be idle, inspiration unfolds, imagination takes charge, and inventiveness evolves.

So when WiFi isn’t available, or when we find ourselves enduring seemingly interminable situations, we have a choice. We can either kvetch. Or we can seize the moment in time to capture one sight, one note, one word, or one smile … and become the creative beings that we were meant to be. After all, boredom can unfold into blessings!

With love and shalom,

Rabbi Zach Shapiro