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A Moment in Time: Don’t Let Fear Get in the Way

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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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,

We brought Maya and Eli to a gymnastics class last week. Eli climbed a ladder then prepared to get on a balance beam. He hesitated, and I put my finger out in case he wanted just a little security to grasp onto.

But he then took a deep breath, looked straight forward, and walked the entire length of the elevated beam on his own.

He was so proud!

It reminded me of a teaching by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov: “The world is a narrow bridge. Do not allow fear to keep you from moving forward.”

We all face many challenges on a daily basis. And it’s ok to be afraid. But in that moment in time when the apprehension overwhelms us, we have the opportunity to keep our eyes forward, our hearts focused, and our sprits fresh.

How will you face your challenge today?

(And it’s ok to reward yourself with ice cream at the end, no matter how difficult the endeavor!)

With love and Shalom,

Rabbi Zach Shapiro

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