About the Author


Rabbi Tzvi Sytner

Rabbi Tzvi Sytner grew up in Los Angeles, CA. He is a Rabbi, motivational speaker and therapist. He currently works at the Village Shul & Aish HaTorah Learning Center in Toronto. He has delivered inspiring lectures worldwide, including South Africa, Australia, U.S., and Canada. He has a popular video blog on Aish.com titled, “Just Breathe”. He received Smicha at the Jerusalem Kollel under Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits, a B.A. in Liberal Studies, a master's degree in Education, and a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.


Was That Odd, Or Was That God?

Coincidence or providence – it all depends how you choose to look at it.

Echoes and Triggers: Take a Look at Yourself

What rubs you the wrong way is an opportunity for introspection.

Forgiving the Kapo

How to overcome your pain to forgive someone who has hurt you.

A Dying Boy's Last Wish and the Key to a Meaningful New Year

Notre Dame football coach's inspiring lesson on keeping our word and fulfilling our resolutions.

How to Approach God on Rosh Hashanah

Don't come with what you want; come with what you want to do.

How Can You Command Someone to Love?

Focusing on a person's strengths and virtues naturally engenders feelings of warmth and love.

Be Mindful of the Power of Giving

You may not realize it, but you're already doing it throughout your day.

How to Really Care about People: A Tribute to Wendy Zinner

The steadfast supporter of the Jewish people who recently passed away taught me what me it means to be a real friend.

The Money You Give Away Is Yours Forever

Giving charity impacts the giver more than the recipient.

The Best Story for When You're Overwhelmed

Don't let the enormity of the task debilitate you. Whatever you do makes a difference.

Mazel Tov. It's a Boy!

Our newborn baby and getting the family you need.

The Power of a Song

How one song inspired a chain of people.

Climbing to the Summit

How to not give up when faced with neverending obstacles.

How to Respond to Antisemitism

Antisemites want us to disappear. Now's the time to assert your Jewish identity.

How I Achieved My Personal Breakthrough

Three keys to mastering consistency: support, accountability and positive reinforcement.

Where to Channel Our Sadness

Let's take the words of Yedidya's father to heart.

Lag B'Omer and the Tragic Mann Gulch Fire

The famous story of Wag Dodge and the importance of living with passion and igniting our own fire.

The Stolen Watch: How to Build the People You Love

The importance of treating those you care about with dignity, respect and love.

Bombs Over Germany: A Passover Video

Although you may not be able to change your situation, you can choose greatness within your situation.

How to Make Your Passover Seder More Meaningful

This year strive to personal reconnect to the exodus from Egypt through its tangible reminders.

When God's Answer was Staring Right in My Face

An amazing true story about one man's prayer to find his soul mate.

Pandemic Stress: Repairing Damage to a Relationship

It's not enough to want peace. We need to make peace and build bridges.

Now's the Time to Reveal Your True Identity

Stop hiding behind your mask and be the person you're meant to be.

Missing the Doomed Flight

God isn't out to get us; He has a plan and is orchestrating everything for our good.

Why Does God Keep Sending Me This Frustrating Challenge?

When you can't change your situation, you're challenged to change yourself.

How to Get Out of a Rut

The best way to uplift yourself is to uplift someone else. A lesson from my 8-year-old daughter.

The Chinese Bamboo and Tu B'Shvat

Real growth sometimes happens beneath the surface where no one can see.

Waking Up from a Coma

Believe it: sometimes miracles do happen.

Our Modern-Day Hanukkah Story

Hanukkah reminds us that even amidst a dark pandemic, nothing is left to chance.

Hanukkah and Hope

Hope is the underlying story the Jewish people.

Shake Off the Dust and Get Up

Sometimes our challenges that we feel are burying us can be precursors for growth.

Staying Sane in an Insane World

We all need a quiet space where we can be alone and reconnect to ourselves and God.

Coming Together Like Roots of Redwood Trees

Battling Covid-19 by sticking together, supporting each other and keeping strong.

Embracing Insecurity: COVID-19 and Sukkot

The pandemic has stripped away security. But we don't need the security of yesterday to be happy today.

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