April 19, 2019

A Moment in Time: Balance is Overrated!

Dear all,
So many of us are trying to seek balance in our lives.
Work and leisure.
Friends and family.
Carbs and, well …. low-carbs!
The world as a whole is a finely balanced scale.  Judaism teaches that in every generation there are an equal number of good people as there are bad people.  The ultimate fate of the world will be judged accordingly.
And so …  We do whatever we can to tip the scale out of balance, toward goodness.
When we smile, we tip the scale.
When we share a kind word, we tip the scale.
When we give to a charitable cause, we tip the scale.
When we stand up for justice, we tip the scale.
And when we invest a moment in time to harness peace, we tip the scale.
Balance is overrated!  We want to weigh the scale down with our spiritual shekels of justice!
With love and shalom,
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 of Culver City, a Reform Jewish Congregation in California.  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.  He was appointed to the HUC-JIR Board of Governors in 2018.