January 17, 2019

A Moment in Time: Nurturing Light


Dear all,

I was recently at a ceremony where each participant received a candle.  It was so windy, however, that it was nearly impossible to maintain the flames.

So people joined together, combining candles, with hopes to nurture the light together.

As the Jewish community approaches Yizkor, the time at the end of Passover (and other festivals) when we remember those who have died, we join with others to nurture the the lights of those we loved.  We recite prayers, we share memories, and we rededicate our lives.

Whose light are you recalling?

How are you a legacy of their presence on earth?

Who are the people you will embrace along the way to increase the light?

How will you ensure that their memory does not become a lost moment in time?

As we nurture the light, we enable those who have died to live on through our acts of 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.