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A Moment in Time: When do we Wait, and when do we Act?

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,

Our family made muffins this week. Maya and Eli enjoyed helping. But they did NOT enjoy waiting for the muffins to bake. Still, we showed them the timer and took the opportunity to share a lesson about the importance of waiting.

But let’s be honest…. Sometimes sitting back and waiting builds character. And sometimes waiting causes our world to suffer.

Do we wait for things to change – or do we act?
Do we wait for gun violence to subside – or do we act?
Do we wait for an emotional wound to heal – or do we act?
Do we wait for having a difficult conversation – or do we act?
Do we wait for a second wind – or do we act?

Do we wait for the Messiah to come – or do we act?

The answer at any given moment in time is not necessarily the same for any of these questions. Sometimes action is NOT prudent. And sometimes waiting gives us perspective. But keep in mind, waiting should never cause us to freeze. And action should never demand tunnel vision.

The muffins were worth the wait. And yes, we were careful to teach the kids not to be too near the oven!

With love and Shalom,

Rabbi Zach Shapiro

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