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: Bouncing Back

July 12, 2018 - 29 TAMMUZ 5778

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Dear all,

I attended a 4th of July picnic with my family yesterday. It had been a particularly difficult week for me, and I was trying to gain perspective. While my nephew was in the bouncy house, Ron reminded me, 

“We should never miss an opportunity to bounce back when we can.”

Life can be uncertain. And we will endure difficult times. But we don’t give up - because we don’t want to miss out on even the dimmest of rays of goodness. Our liturgy teaches that light folds into darkness, and darkness folds back into light (Ma-ariv aravim prayer). And so we capture the moment in time to bounce back, reach for tomorrow, and embrace life. And boy, is it worth it!

With love and Shalom,

Rabbi Zach Shapiro
Temple Akiba of Culver City