April 21, 2019

A Moment in Time: You Can’t Look at a Rainbow and NOT be Happy!

Dear all,

This past Tuesday, my social media feed lit up with photo after photo like the one above.  In the midst of the terrible rainstorms in Southern California, this rainbow appeared.  Each photo made me smile.
You can’t look at a rainbow and not be happy!
What I find so meaningful is that rainbows are both bridges and towers. They lift us and they ground us.  They connect us as humans.  They embrace us from heaven.
They remind us of the promise to Noah.
They inspire us to collect the many colors, shapes, and sizes of divine creation into a big group hug.
The miracle of the rainbow, however is not that it happens and not that it makes us feel good.  The miracle occurs when they inspire us to take a moment in time each day to reach in, to reach up, and to reach out, bridging the world with goodness.
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.