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:

A Prescription to Breathe

Thursday, March 14, 2019 / 7 Adar II , 5779

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Dear all,

Imagine, just imagine if we got a prescription to just breathe.

In addition to taking a medication with our meal or before bedtime, imagine if our daily dose included walking outside and taking real, deep, life-affirming breaths.

What would that feel like in the rain or snow?

How would that refresh us after a difficult day?

Where would that transport our souls?

The Psalmist teaches, “Kol hanishama t’haleil Ya/ Let every soul/ breath become a praise to God!” (Psalm 150).

That breath has the power to transform us, to connect us with the divine, and to ground us with an embracing moment in time.

(If only that breath had the ability to cure my “doctor’s penmanship”!)

With love and Shalom,

Rabbi Zach Shapiro