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August 24, 2016

Dear all,

My friend Lucy once told me, “Zach, you have smile wrinkles!” I didn't know if it was a compliment or a light-hearted insult.  After all, I do smile a lot.  Right?! 

Sometimes taking a closer look can be scary.  It can reveal truths, putting us face to face with realities from which we often want to hide.

But taking a closer look can also open doors of wonder….

Take a closer look into the eyes of the photo of an ancestor.
Take a closer look into the eyes of an infant.
Take a closer look at the reaction of a pedestrian when you stop fully at a crosswalk! (Take a closer look at the reaction of a pedestrian when you DON'T stop fully at crosswalk!)
Take a closer look at our daily schedule.  Are we prioritizing that which is truly important?
Take a closer look at what we are eating.
Take a closer look into how our souls have evolved this year. 

Indeed, take a moment in time for a closer look. It will enable us to then step back and better understand the depth of our world.

With love and shalom,

Rabbi Zach Shapiro

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