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A Moment in Time: When a Hole Makes You Whole

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September 15, 2022

Dear all,

One of my kids asked the other day, “What’s the hole in the bagel for?”

We explored a variety of answers (from the practical to the humorous).  I finally simply said, “Well, without a hole, it’s not a bagel.”

It got me thinking….  We all experience voids in our lives.  There may be emotional, spiritual, or medical wounds that leave us broken.

Other people may have academic, athletic, or musical talents that I lack.

Failed relationships, job losses, death of loved ones….  Life would be so much easier without these wounds.  But while we may often feel broken, these experiences contribute to the whole person that we become.  It’s often in that darkest of moment in time when we begin to experience light once again.

Leonard Cohen put it well: “There’s a crack in everything.  That’s how light gets in.”

And remember – holes can lead to wholeness, and through the that you can find holiness!

With love and shalom,

 

Rabbi Zach Shapiro

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