Rabbi Akiva's Inspiration

How Aish HaTorah got its name.

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(16) john langdon, June 13, 2008 2:11 PM

The Best Video on the Internet - Keep if FOREVER

The Best Video on the Internet - Keep if FOREVER

Thanks Chino Valley, Arizona

(15) Bob Smyth, June 6, 2008 11:26 PM

What a great message!

Gosh, I''m not even Jewish, but I''m hooked on Lori Almost Live....

One of my customers is a professional coach who sends out tips....one this past week was about the drip hollowing the stone. I e-mailed her Lori''s video to let her know where the concept came from. I always look forward to seeing what''s new with Lori & on Aish.com. Keep up the good work. It could well be that in the not too distant future you will have a convert on your hands..

(14) Jonathan, May 30, 2008 4:14 PM

Lori Almost Live for Daf Commentary

I vote for Lori doing a daily or weekly commentary on the Daf Yomi! The common sense she brings to any subject is astounding.

(13) Violet, May 30, 2008 6:52 AM


I needed this. Thank you for reminding me that often our changes are small but steady. I get overwhelmed by my desire to learn and to do what I learn. It isn''t easy past 30 :-) but it is still a great joy.Thank you.

(12) Catherine, May 29, 2008 10:02 PM

Right on!

One of my favorite Rabbis as you are mentioning!!
And i can understand at over 40 I too, was guided i believe by Hashem to his Torah and his people, one step at at time, even if it was a bumpy journey, it is so worth it in so many many ways!!
I feel better than i have ever felt in my life. Peace, happiness, love Joy.
Everyday, i think of Hashem and his TOrah he gave all of Israel and I think How Lucky how blessed is this people, I am a part of that blessing. Its not easy at times, but if its in your heart, so will Hashem be, if you dont give up.

(11) Betti Miner, May 29, 2008 4:13 PM


Very good advice from Lori, we can accomplish our goal of Torah by one step at a time and one drip at a time. Thank you

(10) Martin, May 29, 2008 10:34 AM

I agree with Jeffrey D - Lets go study Torah .. one drip at a time. I always admired the Torah but up until now I thought it was far beyond my abilities to study it. Thinking about it now though..if all I get from it is 1 tiny drop and if I get this 1 tiny drop on a daily basis then whooaa..Thank you Lori for this inspiration!

(9) Jeffrey D, May 29, 2008 6:26 AM


This was very inspirational. Now, let''s go study Torah...one page, one drip, one step at a time.

(8) Anonymous, May 29, 2008 4:29 AM


(7) Anonymous, May 27, 2008 10:38 PM

you blessed me today

For the past few weeks, I have been very discouraged about my journey to be a part of the Jewish community. I am in my fifties, and I did not begin this journey until a few years ago. I love learning Torah! My discouragement comes from living in a family who do not share this path. I needed the encouragement that you gave today.

(6) Anonymous, May 27, 2008 4:16 PM

Keep going, we will come after...

Next life, my dear Lorry! Next life for all our good deeds we are doing this time we might merit an honor to study Torah in Hebrew. It''s sad to say but time has gone: "God made hornless a cow that liked to pierce." But at least we have you and other great scholars of our days who help to keep high level of Torah knowledge in this world, so, hopefully, we will be able to use our Essential Knowledge memory next time.
My best regards!
Meira Lerman

(5) Coyo, May 27, 2008 12:39 PM


this was for nobody but me, sometimes i´ve been discouraged because i don´t see "the change" but i believe is a daily choice we have to make to get into the amazing world of the Word. Thank you very much for share that video.

(4) Ben W., May 27, 2008 7:34 AM

Thank you Lori and Aish HaTorah for your video. It was exactly what I needed to hear, since today I had been having trouble with the classes that I teach and I was starting to grow despondent that I was ever going to be able to teach them to love Torah. I truely believe G-D directed me to your video, because of the message you gave to your viewers - that some of the hardest challenges we face we deal with drip by drip, very slowly, and it''s in this manner that we make permanent change. Most of the people who I''ve spoken to who have become more observant have told me when I asked them how it all happened, said that it was a long slow process, but gradually they took on more Jewish observances and then eventually made the decision to become fully observant of Jewish law. Shkoyach and I wish you much Hatzlacha in your quest to do G-D''s work and bring HIS people back to the Torah.

(3) Michelle, May 26, 2008 5:04 AM



thank you for the encouragement.

(2) Rosen, May 25, 2008 8:09 AM

burning bush?

One step at a time makes a lot of sense. I''ve heard the Chinese proverb, "If you rush, you''ll never get there". So, I try to take my time in finding a permanent, secure job so that I can independently support myself financially. For now, I work a seasonal job as I live with my folks for support. They''ve essentially been there for me every step of the way under a nice Jewish home between them and Hashem.

So, progress takes time, and sometimes one may need to be woke up with certain feedback. In my seasonal job, I have made a dramatic improvement between last year and this year by responding to the feedback from my supervisor and career counselor when it comes to my work ethic and how often I can contact my supervisor. I even got a slight raise recently after being re-evaluated.

Thus, I have a passion for working for what I love to do, and as for my seasonal job, I will continue to work there however long it takes for me to find something more permanent and secure.

The burning bush is probably a metaphor for a wake-up call in most cases to improve and progress. Perhaps the only time where a burning bush was most literal was when Moses spoke before G-d in front of 2 million Jews at Sinai, which is most likely the most convincing revelation, which encourages Jews to continually be Jewish (at least in their own way as long as they don''t intermarry, eat pork or shellfish, or practice idol worship).

(1) nechami, May 25, 2008 7:31 AM

just what i needed

thank you so much for your words of inspiration. it was just what i needed this morning to help me continue to work on my character traits, just one step at a time and to look at the progress being made, thank you.


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