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

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Dear all,

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