January 24, 2019

A Moment in Time: Rabbi, Will You Bless Our Home:

Dear all,
Every once in a while, a member of our community calls asking, “Rabbi, will you bless our home?”  What this usually means is that those in the home want to hang a mezuzah, and they are seeking ritual to accompany the mitzvah/ commandment.
I go at every opportunity I can.
But I remind those in the home, “I don’t have the power to bless your home.  The mezuzah itself doesn’t bless your home.  You are the blessings in the home.  And the mezuzah is a reminder to leave the shtush of the day at the door when you enter and to bring the blessings of your home with you when you leave.
It is a daily reminder every moment in time we enter our homes.  Be the blessing. Live the blessing.  Embrace the blessing.
With love and Shalom,
Rabbi Zach Shapiro

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.