February 23, 2020

A Moment in Time: For Whom am I Responsible?

Dear all,
When I was first married, wearing a ring felt kind of awkward. But within a short time, I began to realize something incredible:
I am responsible for another human being. I am responsible physically. I am responsible spiritually. I am responsible emotionally. I am responsible legally.
The list goes on.
And it makes me think. How do we live out our responsibilities? Where are the boundaries? What reminds us of the obligations? Do we wear a symbol of the responsibility (a ring, a kippa, a necklace, a school bumper-sticker, a family heirloom …)?
And so …. Take a moment in time to consider: for whom am I responsible? It may be a person or a people or an organization or a promise. And what will I do to show my love to that person or my gratitude to that institution … today?
With love and shalom,
Rabbi Zach Shapiro

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