November 17, 2018

A Moment in Time: Being Able to Laugh

Dear all,
Not long ago, a teen in our congregation walked past the above sign in the front office and into my study.  (I wasn’t in there at the time).  When I heard her voice, I went to my study, marched her out to read the sign, and waited for her response.
“I wasn’t here to see you,” she began with a smile.  “I was here to get candy from your jar.”
I tried, I really tried not to burst out laughing.  But I failed.
What can you do?  To her credit, she was a very quick thinker.
It’s really important to be able to laugh in these circumstances.  They offer a moment in time to deepen ourselves with reality, ground our hearts with levity, and lift our souls with joy.  Seek out those moments, as they are the building blocks of life!
With love and Shalom,
Rabbi Zach Shapiro

Photo taken by Jeremy Gimbel

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.