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December 5, 2012
October 29, 2014 10:13 AM
Inspired me so much!!
December 5, 2013 8:04 AM
I know a similar story
Yes such stories do happen. I know someone in crown heights who had a very similar story happen to her. There are little girls who won't stop believing and doctors who care enough to waive high payments. Btw the woman thought she would NEVER see in the case I am talking about.
December 3, 2013 10:40 PM
Brought me to tears!
December 3, 2013 8:52 PM
I was crying when i listened to this story,this girl, is a precious child, so beautiful what she did
December 3, 2013 3:10 PM
Lovely story but couldn't have happened as told
It's a lovely story. Even though it is a work of fiction, it still brings tears to my eyes.Fiction, you ask? Yes, fiction. A person who is born blind and does not have her vision corrected surgically at a very young age, will never be able to see. The necessary brain connections simply never get formed, and you can't start at age 63.Also, even if the surgeon agreed to waive his fee, you would still have fees for the hospital, operating room, nurses, doctors, equipment and drugs. Such a beautiful story, too bad it isn't true.But don't be sad. Even if this particular story couldn't have happened as told, miracles do happen in our world, miracles of kindness and goodness, and sometimes miracles of healing that can only be explained as Providential.
December 4, 2013 2:35 PM
something similar happened to me
I had surgery performed on my brain 22 years ago. I came to the US from Israel and thought that insurance had been arranged for the surgery. A couple of days before I was scheduled to fly, I found out that the insurance did not apply to me and went with no money. When I reached the world-renowned surgeon, he told me that he found out that there was a problem with the insurance so he wasn't going to charge me.He also prevailed upon the anesthesiologist to wave his fee and the hospital forgave most of the cost of my stay.As far as the eye surgery, perhaps certain details of the story were changed and they were actually talking about a different surgery if, in fact, you are correct and this is not possible, but the rest of the story is eminently possible!Happy Chanuka! What a special story!
Marina Rivera del Aguila,
December 16, 2012 12:37 AM
Here is another miracle
A little over 16 years ago I began suffering severe asthma attacks. Five times I had to be rushed to hospital: many medicines and lots of cortisone... but the asthma continued relentlessly. After almost getting rid of all medication, I began a treatment of auto vaccines with Dr. José del Valle Monge in Antigua, Guatemala, and 5 days ago I was declared ASTHMA FREE!!!!!!!! "God's ways are mysterious his miracles to perform..."
December 12, 2012 11:23 PM
What a wonderful spontaneous act of compassion & love.
So encouraged to reach out to others.
December 11, 2012 3:51 PM
what great midos this girl has
rebitzen kanievsky z"l also put midos first
she sent her daughter to help neighbor who broke her arm to help with the kids. Principal of school complained she was coming late everyday. he said school first then chesed. rebitzen said in her house chessed first then school and good grades
Sara Berzanksy (Samantha Manne),
December 11, 2012 9:39 AM
way to go, Kurt!
Let me know when you want to speak at Jewel!
December 11, 2012 1:22 AM
Great storytelling Kurt!
My little girl liked it!
December 10, 2012 2:42 AM
What a powerful message said beautifully! Happy Chanukah!
December 10, 2012 2:44 PM
Hi thanks...im I like it
December 9, 2012 4:49 PM
A question of goodness
I'm never amazed by how many bad people there are in the world but by how many good people there are!!!!
December 9, 2012 1:56 PM
Wish this could happen to me, too
December 9, 2012 5:52 AM
This story is sweet but never happened
An old story, it's been around for years, it's sweet but not plausible.
A person who was born blind would not be able to see decades later even after the best eye surgery If the brain connections had not been formed in childhood they could not be formed later on.
To re-write this story and make it more plausible, you'd have to say she lost her eyesight in childhood -- not that she was born blind.
Also, even if the doctor agreed to do the surgery for nothing, the hospital, operating room, anesthesia, nursing care, meds, etc etc would have to be paid for somehow.
I prefer true stories that are true in the sense that they acutally happened.
December 9, 2012 9:50 AM
it doesn't have to actually have happened...
As Elie Wiesel said, "Some things are true that never happened."
The story is not about acutality and dollars and cents, it is about the spirit. It doesn't mattter if it could really happen or not; it is about one person's faith in her ability to accomplish a miracle, and another person's willingness to be put himself out to be part of that miracle.
December 11, 2012 3:35 AM
Dont Kill The Faith
My wife watched this video and shed a couple of tears. Its a beautiful story and regardless if its true or not, this story motivates you to do good for others. Don't take that away by your personal opinion.
December 1, 2013 8:57 PM
Better leave it as it is
This story isn't even trying to present itself as true. Judaism has a long history of spinning tales to drive home a particular point - it's not about how true the story is, but the lesson we're supposed to take out of it. The way this story is told here, it doesn't take too much sechel to understand it never really happened. To change details so that people wouldn't easily understand it's made up would be bordering on dishonesty.
December 9, 2012 5:01 AM
Touching - Thank you!
December 9, 2012 4:42 AM
Loved this video. Kurt was excellent. Happy Chanukah!
December 9, 2012 4:12 AM
Thank you very much and happy Hannukah to all!
December 9, 2012 3:55 AM
A wonderful story with a beautiful message. Thank you! Happy Chanuka!
December 9, 2012 1:41 AM
YEAH KURT STEIN!
Kurt Stein is the best!!! Great Video- Meor NYU
December 9, 2012 12:09 AM
Amazing!!!!!! VERY inspiring!! thaknks! u made my chanuka!!
December 9, 2012 12:07 AM
heart warming inspirational beautiful story.
what a super responsible kind hearted girl, must have great mother, special doctor and lucky lady mrs cohen to have sarah in her life. given over so well
December 8, 2012 11:46 PM
Tears to my eyes
What a beautiful comparison And story. Great job Kurt! Happy Haunakkah
December 8, 2012 11:37 PM
G-D bless you, Sarah; G-D bless you Doctor.
G-D bless you Sarah. G-D bless you Doctor.
December 8, 2012 11:35 PM
This is wonderful,great miracle from God.
December 7, 2012 1:04 PM
Great story and a Great speaker
Great story and a Great speaker
December 7, 2012 1:26 AM
awesome tatty!!! it was super!!!! love esti :)
December 6, 2012 10:02 PM
A beautiful story, beautifully told!!! What a lesson!
December 6, 2012 4:12 PM
Who is this new guy? Love it
December 6, 2012 3:51 AM
Beautiful Chanukah Story
I loved the video. Kurt is a great story teller. Hope to see more of you in the future.
December 6, 2012 12:23 AM
Great video Kurt!
Great video Kurt!
December 5, 2012 10:31 PM
truly awesome and inspiring!!!
December 5, 2012 9:35 PM
New face. Great Chanukah message.
December 5, 2012 3:35 PM
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