Jewish Journal

A Moment in Time: If Not Now, When?

Dear all,

Last weekend, Temple Akiba’s Confirmation Class travelled to Washington D.C. to lobby before our elected officials on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).  Our teens studied current issues, such as disability rights, homelessness, immigration, gun violence, Israel advocacy, LGBTQ rights, and much more.

We learned about speaking truth to power.

We learned that each voice makes a difference.

We learned that justice is a responsibility we pursue – not one for which we pray.

And we learned that our moment in time is now.  Because, as Rabbi Hillel asked, “if not now, when?”

With love and Shalom,

Rabbi Zach Shapiro

A change in perspective can shift the focus of our day – and even our lives.  We have an opportunity to harness “a moment in time,” allowing our souls to be both grounded and lifted.  This blog shows how the simplest of daily experiences can become the most meaningful of life’s blessings.  All it takes is a moment in time.
Rabbi Zach Shapiro is the Spiritual Leader of Temple Akiba, a Reform Jewish Congregation in Culver City, CA.  He earned his B.A. in Spanish from Colby College in 1992, and his M.A.H.L. from HUC-JIR in 1996.  He was ordained from HUC-JIR – Cincinnati, in 1997.