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March 29, 2008
April 11, 2013 1:44 AM
A VERY HONORABLE MAN !
Wish we had more people like him...I think he is a wonderful example of a man who is close to HaschemShalom!
January 20, 2013 4:19 AM
I came back to watch this again. This inspires me so much. What a kiddush Hshem! Thank you!
January 31, 2012 5:55 PM
if i can change the world, i would try to make everyobody eqaul. another thing that i would like to do is try to make peace. now in days we do not have peace in the world. to make peace we all have to come to an agreemant. making peace is also important because by making peace mashiach will come.
January 31, 2012 5:39 PM
i would try stoping the cancer because that wold cure alot of people, try destroing the cigarets and killing all the terrorist in the world i will try to help every body and try to be nice because every thing counts
January 31, 2012 5:39 PM
I would change the world by helping kids in other countries.
January 31, 2012 5:36 PM
What inspired me about this clip was that even though we as 7th graders are not adults, there are many ways to help the world. It is more easy to change the world as an adult, but even though it is not so easy as a kid, we can still do it. We can go around our community and help anyone that needs help or anything. The main thing that inspired me was that the kids hopes were down when they saw the assignment, but as soon as the teacher explained it to them and told them that is all in the mind, the kids hopes were back up and they felt that they can do it.
January 31, 2012 5:36 PM
This video inspires me because it shows that no matter if your Jewish or Christian or black or white, you can do whatever you want in life. Ad you can change the livves of many people with one little mitzvah. Especially if you can teach kids because they can teach kids to teach kids and one of the students in the school is going to work in the school probably so they can teach it to everyone
January 31, 2012 5:36 PM
I would be a better person by helping people that needs help... People that are sick, people that need a place to stay or need money and more. I would help for whatever thing people ask me to do.
January 30, 2012 7:01 PM
Do Now Tanach 6G
This clip inspired me because it shows how one person can change a whole community, even such a corrupt one like the one this man works in. It startled me that neighborhood like this actually changed because you usually hear about crime rising, and it is very startling that one man put crime at a decline.
January 30, 2012 6:58 PM
What inspired me about this video clip is that anything can change with a little effort
What I learned from this video clip is that everything can change with a little effort. This (Jewish) guy came to an extremely dangerous school, and changed it to a good school. He never stopped believing in himself, the teachers, and the students. This inspires me to never give up and always believe in myself and what I believe in.
January 30, 2012 6:57 PM
this is a very interesting topic. i think that it is topic is interesting because it is important to know that you can make a difference in use so little time
January 30, 2012 6:56 PM
What inspired me about this video clip was that the school was so bad and dangerous and that one person was able to turn the whole school into a good and safe school. It is now one of the best schools in New York. I really think that Hashem helped this Rabbi with this and I learned that if you ever believe in something and work your hardest to it then you can achieve it. I really got inspired how the Rabbi went to a school that had nothing and he worked his hardest and made the school an amazing school.
January 30, 2012 6:54 PM
wow!!! if i was the principle i would be scared to try being a principle in a school like that.
January 30, 2012 6:52 PM
What inspired me.
What inspired me about this clip is that this man came to a school that was horrible, and he didn't even need to, he wanted to. He came and turned a horrible school into a working good school.
January 30, 2012 6:50 PM
Keith B. Tanach Period G
What inspired me about this clip is that he made something out of almost nothing.
November 28, 2011 11:32 PM
Talk of faith in humanity?
He let his Bitachon in Hashem guide him to be a true "Tov Ayin" looking completely favourably to EVERYONE. An amazing person!
June 10, 2009 3:35 PM
This was a real inspiration! And a real kiddush hashem too.
November 26, 2008 8:06 PM
WOW this is such a kiddush hashem -- sanctification of God''s name!
also if i could change the world i would probably try to make it that ppl become more into ruchnius instead of gashmius. a good example is that ppl spend so much money specifically on clothes, and as my father says- its not right that youre using your money to buy 200 dollar shoes when our brothers in israel *or* even america cant even afford to buy 20 dollar shoes!
June 20, 2008 1:35 PM
how i wish there were a hundred like him!
What an amazing and moving film. Here in England we really need headmasters like this wonderful man. It gives me hope for the future. New York is a lucky city!
Roy A. Marrs,
May 25, 2008 1:13 PM
Make him next President!
What a refreshing attitude! We our congress and courts full of men like him!
May 13, 2008 9:34 AM
Thanks for the inspiring story
What a true Kiddush Hashem! I am deeply inspired!
It seems that the school system is missing very much the basic morals and ethics, which we Jews have through learning and growing up with Torah and Mitzvah''s, as soon as they got influenced by a principal with Torah values, everything has changed for the better.
Its no surprise why Tal Ben-Shahar''s class in Harvard is the most popular, since it teaches the Torah secrets that secular education is so lacking
April 13, 2008 11:42 PM
Hi thereJust wanted to say thanks for brightening up a very strange day.:)
April 10, 2008 9:14 AM
What an amazing reflection
What an amazing and true reflection of what the power of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and his teachings can do. Changing the world and making it a better place, one good deed at a time.A true Kiddush HaShem and a Kiddush Chabad. Something everyone can be proud of, especially the Jews and even more so Chabad community worldwide.We Have The Power to change and effect the world, that we should all use. For those who dont know how, The Rebbe has laid out instructions and teachings.....Well done Principal Shimon......
April 9, 2008 5:06 PM
I'm so surprise that he was able to do this, what shocks me is that he did it. He was brave and courageous to take on such a challenge. He's made a huge kidish HaShem.
April 9, 2008 12:46 PM
I found this really touching. This Principal must have the magic touch - can it be bottled?
April 7, 2008 6:41 PM
A plus to mankind. Is it a surprise? Look at the State of Israel and its educational uplifting for those participating, Jew and non Jew.
April 7, 2008 4:38 PM
find the right people for the right circumstances
April 7, 2008 4:12 PM
I think that when you look at this man, his demeanor, his facial expressions, his smile...it all exudes simple true KINDNESS.
April 7, 2008 12:45 PM
I agree with his view that we should train our children to be good social citizen and not just teach reading and writing skills.I would have loved to have heard how exactly his religious teachings helped him in converting the school. Stories like these need to be studied for the lessons to be understood and passed on to other schools to make life better for everyone. It is by passing on wisdom( what works ) that each of us can make the world a better place.Great story!!!
April 6, 2008 12:39 AM
wow!!! : O
OMG!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!! That's an amazing kiddush HaShem!!!!
April 2, 2008 4:56 PM
What a HUGE Kiddush Hashem!!!Thank You!!"Mi Ke'Amcha Yisroel" - "Who is like Your nation.."
April 2, 2008 4:09 PM
Human dignity & value
As Shimon sees himself born in Hashem's image-he projects that value to the pupils,parents & teachers.He makes each person so special giving them that feeling of worth and dignitythat is so lacking in todays's world especially amongst our leaders and supposedly role models.Shimon has thewonderful character traits of vision,action with meaning,fortitude but most especially loving kindness-exactly what Hashem would expect from all souls he has sent down to this world.Shimon's pupils but also his childrenare truly fortunate to have him aseducator.Kol Hakavod.
April 2, 2008 2:05 PM
Needed in Yeshiva
This chassid and his leadership are desperately needed in our yeshivas.
April 2, 2008 9:16 AM
Its great to see that the media takes the time to air such positive stories about us. There should be more such stories highlighted (for they certainly exist.) And blessings for Shimon.
April 2, 2008 5:29 AM
Giving Credit where Credit belongs!
What a wonderful man! Always smiling and also admitting that G-d is helping him, makes him a truly human and truly spiritual person. May G-d bless him and keeps helping him to make a better place for our young.
April 1, 2008 10:18 PM
A Kiddush Hashem
A beautiful story. When there is a perception of real caring, there are no barriers to communication and respect. Fulfilling the mitzvah of "loving one's fellow as oneself" to the fullest extent, we can only be awed by and continue to pray for Shimon's success, with help from Above.
April 1, 2008 9:11 PM
April 1, 2008 8:42 PM
an amazing story
As a member of the teaching profession, I was intrigued by this story. I usually perceive chassidim as insular; but this man is different. He melds his secular and religious backgrounds to mend the world (tikkun olam) and sets an example for Jews and Christians. This is a very good man who is truly making this world a better place for all mankind. TEACHER
April 1, 2008 5:40 PM
What a great example of Kidush Hashem!
April 1, 2008 4:40 PM
What was humorous about that?Seriously, it shows that no situation is hopeless when G-d is allowed to be involved.
March 31, 2008 8:30 PM
G-d bless you
I am so proud to be a Jew and I am so proud of this man. G-d bless him and all G-d fearing people.
March 31, 2008 12:58 PM
Inspiring, an example to follow!
This principal is totally inspiring and acts according to his values; to many people in position of authority and influence talk much and do so little to turn things around while they can...It's not only a waist of public funds but an imposture. Each one of us should feel concerned about what's going on in the World, far and close to us. There is no such thing as "What can we do about it?..." Every action, word, has its own impact, for the better or for the worst. Just try it and you will see the results. Did you ever ask yourself how to eat an elephant or go up a hill?.....One bite at the time and one step at the time, is there any other way ?
March 31, 2008 12:26 PM
Light unto the Nations
Clear example this is. This is how jews attitude should be towaeds goyim. So we let Hashem's light shine upon them through us. Yasher Koach!
March 30, 2008 10:24 PM
This is beautiful
Let's walk away from this video with the reslove to work harder on our attitude towards others, learn from Shimon's care, and at least try to apply it to people in our own family, then to others. Thank you Shimon!
March 30, 2008 2:32 PM
Intervention and leadership
That was one of the best stories I heard from a Chasidic Jew. Intervention and leadership, as long as it is in the right direction, makes all the difference and goes a long way.Not only should the principal intervene, but he ought to encourage others to intervene with their peers, especially when it comes to teasing and bullying. If only there was more positive intervention encouraged to students among students, the less emotionally scarred they'd feel in life ahead. This Chasidic Jew is demonstrating effectively how things can turn around for the better, and I like how he is not just giving himself credit, but the students as well, because they do have room to listen and learn in order to be a light onto their peers. If only more schools were better trained to handle or prevent bullying and conflicts effectively.
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Jon Stewart obviously doesn't know the meaning of Hanukkah. What would you tell him?