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Friday, October 30, 2020

A Moment in Time: Those Things That Just Make You Feel … Jewish

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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,
Last Sunday, Temple Akiba participated in the Los Angeles Shofar Wave along with dozens of Jewish organizations. As we gathered, I noticed something interesting…. People who I didn’t recognize came to not only hear the Shofar … but some brought their own as well.
And it made me realize…. There are some things in our culture that touch the Jewish spirit in ways that transcend organized religion…
The sound of the shofar.
The taste of homemade mandel bread.
The smell of horseradish on a Seder plate.
The sight of a yarmulke when you are traveling.
The feel of a dreidel as you release it from your fingertips.
All these can capture our senses in a fleeting moment in time that might take us off-guard. These are the things that – even if we rarely enter a synagogue, animate our spirit in a very deep way.
Where have you experienced this? Who was there? What memories were tapped? And how did they inspire you?
Wishing you all a New Year filled with goodness!
Gamar tov,
Rabbi Zach Shapiro

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