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Thursday, August 6, 2020

A Moment in Time: For Whom am I Responsible?

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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.

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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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