Jewish Journal

A Moment in Time: Are You Willing and Able to Help?

Dear all,
I was seated in the exit row when the flight attendant introduced herself and asked, “Are you willing and able to help in case of an emergency?”  I responded affirmatively and then perused the emergency procedures.
Are you willing and able to help?
Imagine if this question were set as a reminder on your calendar each day.
Who in your home needs help?
Who in your neighborhood needs help?
Who in your community needs help?
Who in your extended family needs help?
Who in our world needs help?
Be the person who is willing to help.  Be the person who strengthens those around you.   And if you aren’t sure what to do, peruse this emergency procedure:
If your brother falls low, and his hand falters beside you, then you shall strengthen him (sojourner or resident alike)” (Lev. 25:35)
Be the strength.  Be the hand.
Be there.
At any given moment in time.
With love and shalom,
Rabbi Zach Shapiro

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 of Culver City, a Reform Jewish Congregation in California.  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.  He was appointed to the HUC-JIR Board of Governors in 2018.