Heroes: Tuvia Breaking Through

An inspiring video about believing in yourself.

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(16) Judy Solomon, July 22, 2019 1:27 AM

Tuvia’s Bar Mitzvah

Mazal Tov Tuvia!!!! You area a hero and a very brave young man! Keep up the exemplary work!!! May G-d bless you with a wonderful life. Amen

(15) elf, February 9, 2016 6:23 AM

God Bless you parents.

You are so dedicated that its an inspiration to us all just to see how all of you worked together for the common purpose of giving life to this little child. I know you made God love you too.
Thanks again

(14) Lisa, January 26, 2016 12:02 PM

The parents

Even though this was a video about the accomplishments of Tuvia, I see it as a video applauding the parents!!

My boys had the Rabbi M as a teacher! They loved him! He was as much dedicated to them as he was to his own children!

These teachers are one in a million!

Hatzlacha to him, his wife & their loving family!

(13) Anonymous, March 18, 2013 8:10 PM

wow! What amazing parents, who care so much,
it really touched me, I'm a teacher and to see such dedication is so heartwarming.
May Tuvia give you much nachas

(12) Anonymous, March 14, 2013 10:42 PM

Tuvia is a hero just like his parents are heros

What amazing parents!

(11) Tonna, March 12, 2013 3:41 PM


Thank you for sharing this video with us! I've worked with special needs children for many years and each day brings so many blessings...if you allow yourself to see them! What the rest of the world may outwardly look at and see a task or an activity that might go unnoticed or would be taken for granted...in our classroom...NOTHING is taken for granted! Tuvia, you are a blessing to us all...and I'm sure, a precious blessing to your family! Baruch Hashem! Mazel tov!

(10) Chana Kornfeld, March 11, 2013 9:20 AM

What strength!

Mazal Tov to those parents. Thank you so much for sharing your simcha with us.

(9) Lisa, March 11, 2013 2:17 AM

A parents role in a child's life.....

This story rips your heart open with faith that if you work hard enough, you can succeed! But of course you need the right tools & Tuvia has them....The Siani school & his amazing ,dedicated & hard working parents!! Yashir Koach to y'all !!

(8) Shimon, March 11, 2013 12:50 AM

Kol haKavod

Kol haKavod Kol haKavod Kol haKavod

(7) Anonymous, March 10, 2013 9:27 PM

did not go into detail

would you be able to elaborate on Tuvia's condition when he was small?
What exactly was his difficulty, and does it have a name? It would make the video more understandable. Does the "full" version explain this better?
Thank you.

Alan S., March 11, 2013 11:14 PM

I agree with this comment. Did I miss the time when his condition was discussed?

Anonymous, March 12, 2013 12:41 AM

Glad to elaborate

We developed a clearer understanding of the specifics of his disabilities as he got older. He had very significant receptive and expressive speech and language difficulties. The first diagnosis that we received was apraxia of speech, with more that came afterwards. The full version of the video can provide a framework/context to why this was a significant accomplishment for him. There is also a video about Tuvia on the Sinai Schools website from 2007.Please feel free to ask more questions!!

Mrs. D, March 12, 2013 2:59 PM

Not relevant!

Knowing Tuvia's exact condition does nothing more than satisfy curiosity. It adds nothing to the story or the inherent lesson it contains. Not to mention this may be asking just a tad too much personal info to be revealed publicly. Tuvia and family have a right to their privacy. He probably has a combination of learning disabilities. What if it was a genetic thing? A neurological thing? You name it, the principle remains the same. This was a phenomenal success story, and one which seems to parallel stories of past gedolim who only achieved their great heights due to unshakable determination, faith and prayer, rather than genius and superior skillsets. I was waiting for a story like this one. Sort of like a Frum Jewish version of "Tim's Place." So much more elevated! "Zeh Hakatan gadol yih-yeh!"

Alan S., March 15, 2013 3:46 PM

Definitely is relevant!

Sorry to disagree with Mrs. D. Knowing all of the details of his exact condition is not necessary. But we can't appreciate where he now is if we don't know where he came from. Sure, we don't need to know if it was a 'genetic thing' or a 'neurologic thing'. While the family's privacy is important, airing this video means there is a lesson the family wants to share. However, we do need to know what his difficulties were that he overcame. It's called context. The only thing I could extract from the video was at about 4:40 in when a woman explained that there was some speech difficulty.

(6) Anonymous, March 10, 2013 7:41 PM

WOW! I almost began to cry when i watched this inspiring video. many thanks to Aish.com for posting it on their website and sharing this inspiration. Yashar Koach to Tuvia, and his parents should just keep shepping Nachas from him. :)

(5) maria, March 10, 2013 5:45 PM

thanks for sharing this awsome story, may G-d bless you all. It made me feel that i can do
anything, inspiring.! Tuvia you and yours parents are treasures of G-d.

(4) C.D.Urbach, March 10, 2013 5:37 PM

Touched by the story!

My children and I were very moved....all we have to do is try our best. Hashem sees, and does the rest. Kol Hakavod to this amazingly humble and special couple.

(3) Melanie Vliet, March 10, 2013 5:16 PM

I Know That Feeling!

The overwhelming joy that you describe having felt upon returning to your seat after Tuvia read so flawlessly sounds just like the one that had me sobbing at my son's 2011 law school commencement. It was a combination of my amazement and pride in his having taken on and succeeded in such a difficult and stressful course of study after having been a reluctant and below average student in elementary school, and the fact that I was there to see him reach this milestone--his fifth graduation since my first of two cancer adventures when he was only nine years old.

When I received my first diagnosis, I didn't know whether I would see him graduate from elementary school, but God had graciously permitted me to not only raise him to adulthood but to witness his earning his JD.

I few months later, we celebrated his having passed the California bar--the most difficult of the bar exams in all of the fifty states--on his first try.

This May, God willing, there will be yet another graduation, but this time it will be mine; I am now two months away from completing my own JD.

Anonymous, March 12, 2013 12:33 AM


Wow! I have no words! Your accomplishments together with your son's should continue to give you the strength to accomplish so much with the gift of life which Hashem has given you! Continued Hatzlacha!

(2) Anonymous, March 10, 2013 2:44 PM

Truly Inspirational

Thank you for sharing your story. It has given me great inspiration to continue to work on my weaknesses.

Continued success to Tuvia. Mazel Tov!

(1) Donna Perel, March 10, 2013 1:42 PM

Mazel Tov!

Tuvia you are my hero. Greatness comes from within and your neshoma is filled with it. May you continue to grow and bring continued nachas to your very special parents and family.


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