September 18, 2019

A Moment in Time: When Something Fairly Ordinary Touches Your Soul

Dear all,
It wasn’t an easy day.  I had entered the local cemetery for a funeral, and an aura of melancholy hung over me.
But as I ascended the road toward the gravesite, I noticed a motionless deer staring into the distance.  (Yes, I stopped the car to capture the photo!)
There was nothing miraculous about the deer.  It was actually something fairly ordinary. But its presence stirred me.  The melancholy lifted, and I was able to embrace that moment in time.
This didn’t change the reality that we endure sadness in life.  But it gave a little reminder to keep the shutter of our souls receptive to the Divine fingerprint.  And THAT, I believe, is when the real miracle occurs!
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.