Robert Kraft’s Inspiring Commencement Speech

Dream big, do good, and be a mensch.

The owner of the New England Patriots gave this speech at Yeshiva University. Worth watching in its entirety.

Comments (22)

(17) Anonymous, May 13, 2018 3:17 PM

told friends and family to hear Kraft speech

gives hope for the future

(16) Dina Leah, June 2, 2017 3:47 AM

So Inspiring

After reading & hearing about how speakers have been disrespected at so many of what I once thought of as great universities, this speech by Kraft & the wonderful reception by the students gave me hope that there are young people graduating this year if whom we can trust with our future. What respect Kraft showed in describing his parents. And, his support for Israel & an example for Am Yisrael everywhere is exemplary. Kol Hakavod! (Doesn't hurt that I'm a Patriots fan:)

(15) Barbara Frank, February 11, 2017 5:53 PM

What a mensh

Thank you so much
I am ca veiling
> So much, I would love to give you a hug Barbara SO MUCH LOVE

(14) Judy, February 7, 2017 1:20 AM

Outstanding. What a wonderful example of a true Mench!
I wish more people, not only Jewish people, could hear this.

(13) Sheila Mingel, February 6, 2017 9:24 PM

loved it

it was inspiring

(12) bert Taras, September 25, 2016 9:37 PM

material riches means more than a big bank account but a big moral account.

gives me new respect for a wealthy sports owner

(11) Anonymous, June 14, 2016 8:19 PM

He is truely a mench

Reconnecting with Yiddishkite

(10) Anonymous, June 9, 2016 7:48 PM

Wonderfull words, sadly, he was 'preaching to the quire.' His speech should go viral.

Due to the menchlikite exhibited by Dr. Kraft, I just became an instant New England Patriots Fan. Hi

(9) Cary, June 8, 2016 9:27 PM

Great website

(8) miriam pomeranz, June 5, 2016 4:45 PM

What an inspiration!!

You never know who will teach you to be a better Jew.
What a Nachat to have people like him.

(7) bonnielou, June 1, 2016 1:19 PM


We were there! I hoped someone would provide it online so others could share the awesome experience. Congrats to our granddaughter at her graduation and thanks DOCTER Kraft for your great speech.

(6) Anonymous, June 1, 2016 12:01 PM

The speech incredible, Amazing! An inspiration for everyone! Thank you for sharing this and so many wonderful spiritually meaningful articles with all of us!

(5) Annette Young, June 1, 2016 10:53 AM

I listened to the inspiring speech given by Robert Kraft at Yeshiva University as suggested. I listened to the entire speech and was, indeed, inspired. It was a privilege to hear it and I thank you for the recommendation. Most excellent.

(4) Carol Kahn, June 1, 2016 2:09 AM

You inspired me to be a better person. Thank you.

If only the young people today were blessed to have parents
like yours who truly lived the Jewish religion, it was a way of life for your family. So inspiring and meaningful. We wish
you and yours a beautiful life.
Thank you.
Carol Kahn

(3) Dr Henry Fabian, May 31, 2016 4:27 PM

Very inspiring talk

Great presentation and full of homily advice.

(2) Lable Kaplan, May 31, 2016 4:21 PM

Robert Kraft's Yeshiva U

Great speech well done and thought out. I felt very inspired.

Thank you

(1) Fay, May 31, 2016 2:02 PM

Nice speech.

Mr. Kraft said all the right things and I hope the graduates were inspired.
I am wondering, however, why the gown he was wearing has crowns with crosses on them?

Esther, May 31, 2016 5:44 PM

That is Columbia University's academic regalia

Mr. Kraft graduated from Columbia University and that it their academic gown. The people on the podium wear the academic gowns from the institution that granted them their degrees, not the institution at which they are speaking.

Anonymous, May 31, 2016 7:50 PM

That is the symbol of Columbia University (where he graduated)

Boca Mike, May 31, 2016 10:08 PM

He is a graduate of Columbia College.

Columbia was established in1754 as King's College and that symbol is the King's Crown!

Ken Goldberg, June 1, 2016 1:28 AM

Crosses? Kippah?

The crowns with crosses form the logo of Columbia University, originally King's College. He won a big award there and, surely have other connections. But why wear that particular robe at this Yeshiva graduation? However, more perplexing tome is that the man is not wearing any head covering of any type. I'm also surprised he doesn't appear to be wearing a head covering of any time, which seems odd for a major event held through the auspices of Yeshiva University.

Anonymous, June 1, 2016 1:57 AM

Cloumbia Univ. King's Crown

Established in 1754 as King's College in lower Manhattan, after the revolution the college was renamed Columbia, yet the King's Crown was retained as Kraft established the Kraft Center for Hillel at Columbia and paid for its own building on 115th street. He also received an honorary degree for his alma mater years ago.


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