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'A Moment In Time'

A Moment in Time: Colleyville – Thank God Our Prayers were Answered (?)

Dear all, ”Thank God our prayers were answered…..” This is what so many of us felt when the four hostages emerged physically unharmed after the terror...

A Moment in Time: The Art of Communication

Dear all, Ron and I were taking a walk this week when we came across this very cool art exhibit. The installation itself is angular...

A Moment in Time: Minor Inconveniences

Dear all, A few months ago, my “Moment in Time” was inspired by a flat tire on my bike. Today - it is from a flat...

A Moment in Time: The Rainbow Before the Storm

Dear all, Ron and I had the pleasure of taking our kids to the Cayton Children’s Museum in Santa Monica last weekend. It’s an extraordinary...

A Moment in Time: The Day is Short, and the Task is Great

Dear all, In Pirkei Avot, Rabbi Tarfon teaches: “The Day is Short, and the Task is Great” (2:20). December 21 was the shortest day of the...

A Moment in Time: Know Before Whom You Stand

Dear all, Engraved on the doors of the Ark at Temple Akiba is the Talmudic statement: “דע לפני מי אתה עומד (Da Lifnei Mi Atah Omed)/...

A Moment in Time: Tipping the Scale

Dear all, Watching the twins on a see-saw recently, I thought of a teaching of the Rambam, who shared that the entire world is evenly...

A Moment in Time: What is a Miracle?

Dear all, Chanukah celebrates the miracle of a small group of Jews who were able to overcome enemy forces who tried to annihilate us. Our...

A Moment in Time: Saying “Thank You”

Dear all, Even before they could talk or even understand the concept, Maya and Eli learned how to say “Thank You.” (It was the wisdom...

What Does it Mean to Become a Bar/ Bat Mitzvah?

Dear all, Last Shabbat, our leadership at Temple Akiba presented me with this awesome certificate. I had been keeping records of all the B’nei Mitzvah...

A Moment in Time: Holding On, or Letting Go

Dear all, I was watching my kids at play this past weekend. Suspended from a bar, their little minds contemplated whether to jump or not....

A Moment in Time: Time to Call it Quits?

Dear all, Last Sunday I set out to ride 36 miles in the Tour de Summer Camps. I so appreciated all those who supported this cause....

A Moment in Time: Unable to Connect

Dear all, I know I am not the only one who has faced this hurdle when trying to log on. It’s especially frustrating when we...

A Moment in Time: The Impact of a Kindess

Dear all, ”The last time I saw you was when you were 10 at a Rosh HaShanah dinner.” This is what the voice on the call...

A Moment in Time: What is so Significant about 36?

Dear all, Many are familiar with the symbolic number of 18 in Judaism. Why 18? In Hebrew, each letter of the alphabet has a numeric...

A Moment in Time: Shabbat – How to Create a Moment in Time

Dear all, Each Friday before I head to Temple Akiba of Culver City for Shabbat, Ron and I share a ritual with our children. We...

A Moment in Time: How Numerous Are Your Works, Oh God!

Dear all, We went to the Aquarium of the Pacific over the weekend. Maya and Eli paused to marvel as twin parrots feasted on some...

A Moment in Time: Your Life Canvas

Dear all, Maya and Eli recently spent part of the morning painting. I marveled as I watched how they approached their canvasses. They would step...

A Moment in Time: A Time to Break Down, A Time to Build Up

Dear all, As we conclude the observance of Yom Kippur, our first obligation is to begin to build the Sukkah. Why? Yom Kippur is all about...

A Moment in Time: The Essence of Yom Kippur

Dear all, As I was prepping comments for Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), I was wracking by brain to finds words to express the...

A Moment in Time: God, are You listening? Zach, are YOU???

Dear all, I had a chance to call God today. With the Holy Days approaching, I had a number of pressing questions: ”Why do bad things...

A Moment in Time: A Culture of Giving

Dear all, Earlier this week, Maya and Eli expressed curiosity in the tzeddakah jar we keep in our den. (Tzeddakah is the Hebrew word for...

A Moment in Time: Torn Hearts are Holy

Dear all, Temple Akiba is in the process of restoring one of our Torah Scrolls. Pictured here is just one example of a tear that...

A Moment in Time: Coming Full “Cycle”

Dear all, While in the park this week, I saw a fellow on a unicycle. I then looked at my Hebrew calendar and noticed that...

A Moment in Time: Seal of Approval

Dear all, Ron and I celebrated his birthday last weekend with a boat ride in the Marina. This lifecycle milestone gave us an opportunity to...

A Moment in Time: The Path to Serenity

Dear all, On a recent bike ride, there was so much on my mind that I could barely think: Navigating the Holy Days in a ongoing...

A Moment in Time: What Anchors You?

Dear all, While traveling this week, Ron and I came across this sculpture of an anchor. It gave me pause, as I began to think...

A Moment in Time: It’s the Journey, not the Destination

Dear all, Over the weekend I went on a wonderful walk with Ron and our friend, Philippe, along the “Park to Playa” trail. I checked...

A Moment in Time: What Baggage are You Schlepping?

Dear all, We just bought Maya and Eli some toddler size bags. As they examined the luggage, they began to schlep them around our house....

A Moment in Time: When You are Gifted One Minute

Dear all, The other day, Maya and Eli got their hands on my iPad. Next thing I knew, the message appeared, “iPad is disabled: try...

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