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Matt Shapiro

About Matt Shapiro

lives in Los Angeles, California and works as a spiritual counselor at Beit T'shuvah, a Jewish residential addiction treatment center. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, with a BA in Jewish Studies, and is working toward his ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies.

Tax Season

Matt Shapiro
March 31, 2013

Tax season provokes a good deal of anxiety for me each year; even receiving W2s in the mail makes me nervous. I’m always convinced i’m going to forget something, check a box I shouldn’t, fill out the wrong form, resulting in the most horrifying of all tortures in America: the tax audit. Given both the More »

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Works in Progress

Matt Shapiro
January 31, 2013

  For me, my fear is a work in progress. Not ignoring it, not eliminating it, just getting to know it. I thought for a long time that fear was the enemy That having fear meant, God forbid, I was flawed. I am flawed and fear is part of that.   Where I work, a More »

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Are Social Movements a Jewish Obligation?

Matt Shapiro
December 21, 2012

When I’m walking down the street and someone asks me for money, I will make every attempt to give them something. If I only have $20 bills, I’m not quite willing to give that amount, but some change or a dollar seems appropriate. Our tradition, from the Torah to the Prophets to early rabbinic works More »

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Synagogues and Spiritual Communities

Matt Shapiro
October 30, 2012

  i grew up in a synagogue where i found my spirituality outside of the sanctuary and my community was my friends. we would gather together on shabbat afternoon play basketball football and frisbee read tv guides make up stupid inside jokes and raid the pantry of whoever’s home we were at that shabbat. i More »

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Honesty on our Journey

Matt Shapiro
September 30, 2012

When my wife was pregnant, like many first time parents, we had a tough time picking a name for our son. We wanted to name him after my uncle, Jonathan, who had passed away somewhat recently. We wanted, in all honesty, a name that’s both deeply Jewish and “passable” as American (we had a strict More »

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