January 16, 2019

A Moment in Time: Are You There?

Dear all,

In preparation for the Holy Days, I’ve been doing a lot of introspection.  Life’s big questions filter my soul, and like everyone, I search for answers.

While I do lots of reading, consulting both traditional as well as contemporary sources, I decided to give Rabbi Siri (thank you Apple) a try.

And so I asked, “Are you there?”

Siri responded, “Wherever you are, that’s where I am.

I needed to let it sink in….

Wherever you are, that’s where I am.  I thought about it for a long time.  I then realized that this is true on so many levels:

Wherever I go, my husband’s love surrounds me.
Wherever I go, the memory of my grandparents guides me.
Wherever I go, the strength of my synagogue supports me.
Wherever I go, my own soul is within me.
Wherever I go, God’s whisper inspires me.
Wherever I go, that’s where I am.

Whenever we are feeling a little out of place, just a moment in time to remember that we aren’t alone can transform darkness into light.

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.