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Purim is the opportune time to work on piercing through the darkness and strengthen your connection to God.
Like Solomon Northup, Esther could not reveal her true identity.
Children went from being our employees to our bosses, replacing responsibility with entitlement.
The Arabs of Egypt are screaming for the rights that the Arabs in Israel already have.
Eighteen years after a series of deadly terror attacks leading up to Purim, a unique quilt helped stitch together broken hearts.
My groovy, let's-all-make-aliyah theme song that describes the various major redemption moments of the past century.
Matthew McConaughey and finding God in mysterious places.
Where is our shame?
Our eldest son is acting out in strange ways. Is this a passing phase or a cry for help?
Sometimes it is through the darkness that we can bring out our greatest light.
How to find God.
There’s an Esther, Haman and Mordechai in all of us.
How to bring more love and joy into your own marriage.
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An in-depth video series exploring Esther’s true role in the Purim story.
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Amazing infographic to SHARE with your friends and family about Judaism's most fun holiday.
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You voted for the three best jokes of the year and here they are!
With the Sochi Olympics now over, let’s go back 100 years and imagine what a Russian “Olympics” in these shtetls would have really looked like.
Are you surprised to hear an Academy Award winning actor thank God so publicly?
Purim and your unique role in life.
A big picture overview capturing the meaning and joy of the holiday.
The only failure is not trying.
July 26, 2009
Directed by Shoot East
December 4, 2013 7:12 AM
Thank you for your most important message, "CHOOSE LIFE"
We, as humans, should know the value of the choice that we have to choose life. We , as God-loving Christians and Jews, and almost every other spiritual/peaceful following, should always choose life. There is no other choice! Choose life.
August 30, 2013 11:31 PM
I had the privilege of meeting with Dr. Cohen a few months ago. He,indeed, is the opitome of the power of the mind to overcome adversity. When I walked in (with my sister and brother) he asked (via computer) - Why are you here? " I answered, "for inspiration and chizuk." He answered - family, love, Torah. That says it all - the sources for his WELLSPRINGS. Shana Tovah.
August 28, 2013 5:07 PM
courage and faith
This man has what it takes, Hats off to his courage and faith.
September 13, 2012 5:27 PM
The High Holidays are very powerful. I am blessed for just looking at your site today. I found this video amazing. The courage to keep life hopeful in the midst of tragedy is what faith is all about. I love the experiences I have had at this time of my life that increase my faith in Ashem. May He forgive all your self wounds and make you abound in good works.
September 12, 2012 3:46 AM
This made me think about my life again and ask myself what am i doing
This was such a moving and inspiring clip! i watched it over and over and asked myself " What am I doing with my life??" If he can do what he did then I can do something even better! Thank you Aish for this amazing inspiration!!
September 6, 2012 4:48 PM
comments I could make would only detract from the message!
September 3, 2012 8:48 AM
VERY SOFT AND SIMPLE WELL SAID .
But Aish LOOK A LITTLE DEEPER you can find so many stories THE Life of DANIEL HAMBURGER in Baltimore or In a blink of an eye THE STORY OF Nechama Zakroff Denver Colorado and a new story on the horizon INNER STRENGTH A story about a Lady who overcame physical and Mental illness When the Body met the Soul a conglomeration including the video above might strike a stronger long lasting cord as we prepare for the High Holidays.
September 2, 2012 4:03 AM
I found out that I have MS and their is no cure. Just shots to slow it down. We make too much on social scurity and can't get medical help or help through the Medical. I have been feeling so helpless for 3 years and abandened by the US government. Until i say this Vedio. Even though I am loosing my evesight, It is nice to know that someone is still able to servive their phicial disability.
Praise to Hashem!
September 5, 2012 2:00 AM
Karen, best wishes for the new year. May Hashem grant you good health, peace of mind and strength to tackle life's challenges.
September 8, 2012 6:41 AM
Best of luck and all God's blessings, despite your hardships. :-)
September 18, 2012 2:45 PM
Karen, may hashem bless you with a year of good and happy things. Good Health,Happiness and Success in all of your future endeavors. Amen.Amen.
August 27, 2013 4:06 PM
I was told that M.S. might be the cause of problems with my legs but I'm not willing to go through the very painful procedure to diagnose it. I have too many other problems to handle and I am getting on in years. I don't how anyone can have too much social security so perhaps it's another source of income that is a problem.
Sometimes if you try to act cheerfully towards others (I know it's hard) it will make life a bit more bearable. Try to surround yourself with as many friends as possible to distract you or give a home to a needy animal it helps a bit.
August 25, 2012 3:15 PM
THE POWER OF LIFE
Faith and Love are precious. Be loved too.
August 24, 2012 5:39 AM
All i can say is WOW!!!!!
there's no one on earth that can say or predict the life of GOD CHILD
August 22, 2012 4:11 PM
This powerful, loving message has spoken to something deep inside of me. Since I was a young girl I've had a long time internal yearning to write. Lately, God has been dealing with me about it - to just do it! Over the years, and I'm much older now, I've been hesitant to begin because of feeling less than. I'm inspired and convicted by Dr. Melamed-Cohen. I know that God is again encouraging me through him.
August 22, 2012 2:04 PM
Wow! This video so powerfully says so much in so few words! Well done! Blessings to the amazing and vibrant doctor!
September 23, 2011 10:45 AM
I read about Dr. Melamed Cohen already in the book of Sara Rigler... i had to cry about this man having become the message "never give up". I hope i learn from him to have more strength to solve my little problems in my life in the future.
May Hashem bless Dr. Melamed Cohen with Refuah Shlemah and many more years
Ksiva veChasima tova,
August 30, 2011 6:02 AM
Love from Margaret X
I love you and I've never met you. I've written a screenplay in a year. You beat me by a mile. Will I ever catch up? In Heaven, yes. Thank you lovely man. X X
August 17, 2011 5:38 AM
Never give up hope. As long as there's hope, there is life.
July 8, 2011 8:38 AM
It's an inspiration to see the strength of the human spirit.....
February 24, 2011 1:49 PM
wow, that is amazing! such an encouragement...
September 14, 2010 8:47 PM
you're the greatest boss!
September 6, 2010 6:57 AM
This great man has used his obstacles as a ladder to advance in both spirit and corporeal aspects. He provides us an example on how to rise above limitations, only with G-d's help. This film is short and yet powerful!
September 5, 2010 8:50 PM
Thank you doctor, for reminding us what greatness can be. and for helping us realign our priorities. ktiva vechatima tova, may you have all the brachot and sweetness in the new year
August 27, 2010 10:28 AM
what a wonderful way to get the point across
i think everybody should take this message to heart
August 25, 2010 2:58 PM
this is motivation for us. How could we not learn from this great man. I hope that all of our mitzvas give him energy back, because look what he's given us.
Alan Drake Tyree,
August 24, 2010 1:46 AM
About the video,
Man, I really enjoy this video. It makes me very sad :(, but it inspires me at the same time. I wish he could complelely recover. Thank you Dr. Cohen for inspiring me. Alan Drake Tyree
August 23, 2010 7:32 PM
WOW I am in awe at this man's will to live and make the most of his time on this earth. He certainly has reached his fullest potential. Makes us "able" beings ashamed for wasting our hidden potentials. Life really is what you choose to make of it...thanks for inspiring us.
August 10, 2010 7:12 PM
I was sick with a minor fever and looking for a way to relax when i came across this film. I realized that this man probably feels a lot worse everyday than i do today, and he is not just relaxing, he is pushing himself above and beyond the limits, the least i can do is try a little harder to make the most of my day. and i got up and found something important to do
August 2, 2010 10:22 PM
Life is a gift
I seen this film and it moved me, god has given us a gift of life to use it in its full max.We should not spend all our life asleep.thats what i have learned.
December 20, 2009 11:09 PM
One of the most uplifting portraits I've ever seen.
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