August 19, 2019

A Moment in Time: When a New Angle Becomes Your New Angel

Dear all,
I have this wooden puzzle in my study. Anyone who solves the puzzle (creating a perfect cube) gets a photo on my  Wall of Fame!  The record is 6 seconds, accomplished by a 12 year old with his eyes closed.
While there is only one combination pattern to the puzzle, the strategy shifts depending on which side of the cube we choose as our base.  And we learn that there is more than one way to begin.
Finding resolution to life’s difficulties is rarely intuitive.  But sometimes a new perspective can allow the pieces to come into place. (And sometimes a new perspective inspires us toward creative solutions – because life does not always need to fit into a box!)
So when we find ourselves unable to move forward, we can look at life from another perspective. Then we realize that this new angle has become our new angel – and we seize the moment in time to begin anew!
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.