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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

A Moment in Time: “When You Feel Uprooted”

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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.
Dear all,
I was on a walk this week when I came across a tree that had fallen, blocking most of the road. It gave me pause, and I reflected on the moments in time in our lives when we feel uprooted:
When we move to a new city.
When we are in a transition of jobs.
When we had a disagreement with a family member or friend.
When the last remnant of the prior generation has died.
We’ve all been there. How do we pick up the pieces and move forward?
I am reminded of a line from the 92nd Psalm, “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree/ צדיק כתמר יפרח(tzadik catamar yifrach).
When we feel a sense of loss, when our grounding has been shaken – we have the opportunity to do acts of righteousness, allowing our souls to begin to flourish once again. No, it won’t always fully mend the pain of a loss. But each act of righteousness will become a rung on a ladder that can lift our spirits and transform the world.
Start with one, just one act. What will it be?
With love and shalom,
Rabbi Zach Shapiro

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