November 19, 2019

A Moment in Time: You are Valid

Dear all,
I was 14 when I first heard the song “Sounds of Silence.”  Paul Simon’s lyric, “the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls” always resonated.

And so when I saw this graffiti recently, I paused.  It made me think.  It made me reflect.  It made me smile.  It made me question.  I think we can all use this message.
We second-guess ourselves all the time.  It’s part of being human.  It’s what prevents us from rushing too quickly.
No – not everything we do should receive a warm and fuzzy response. But sometimes, in those moments of uncertainty, we just need to know that we are embraced – that we are valid.

Finding those prophetic messages in odd places grounds us with a moment in time.
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.