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:

All is Foreseen, yet Free Will is Given

August 24, 2018 - 13 ELUL 5778


Dear all,

You know the feeling of cracking open a fortune cookie to find the perfect message?  Sometimes the result is a sigh of relief, as we can sit back and let the future unfold.  The onus of responsibility is lifted.

There is saying from our Mishna: “All is foreseen, yet free will is given” (Pirkei Avot 3:19).  While this certainly presents a paradox, it also reveals an important truth: we can’t just wait for stuff to happen. We were created with free will, and we therefore have the privilege (and obligation) to use our minds!

Sure, we might get a lucky break once in a while.  But you can only win the lottery if you buy a ticket.  And you can only harness the future – if you take a moment in time to set your mind to it.

With love and shalom!

Rabbi Zach Shapiro