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.

You Can't Look at a Rainbow and not be Happy!

January 11 2018 / 24 Tevet, 5778


Dear all,

This past Tuesday, my social media feed lit up with photo after photo like the one above.  In the midst of the terrible rainstorms in Southern California, this rainbow appeared.  Each photo made me smile.

You can't look at a rainbow and not be happy!

What I find so meaningful is that rainbows are both bridges and towers. They lift us and they ground us.  They connect us as humans.  They embrace us from heaven.  

They remind us of the promise to Noah.

They inspire us to collect the many colors, shapes, and sizes of divine creation into a big group hug.

The miracle of the rainbow, however is not that it happens and not that it makes us feel good.  The miracle occurs when they inspire us to take a moment in time each day to reach in, to reach up, and to reach out, bridging the world with goodness.

With love and shalom,

Rabbi Zach Shapiro