Rosh Hashanah: Extending Life

Getting signed into the Book of Life.

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(48) S, September 9, 2012 11:29 PM

Thank you

Thank you for your inspiring words and wondeeful wishes. As usual, you have outdone yourself with this video. I would like to add that this project of yours - Lori almost live, inspires a lot of people all the time and creates a tremendous impact; this merit will surely stand you in good stead and assure that you be written in the Book of Life, G-d willing.

(47) Moshe, August 17, 2012 8:32 PM

Love it

Love it. Great message. Tears in my eyes.

(46) , October 5, 2011 5:00 AM

Plan to work on relationship with husband and employer

I need time to work on my relationship with my husband and dedicate my time to him instead on online. I also need to work on caring less for work left undone at my job and adopting a healthier attitude at work and towards my employer,

(45) Anonymous, September 29, 2011 10:09 PM

That was just beautiful, Lori. Thank you for putting it in a video and expressing your ideas for all to see. I am helping start an endowment fund at the local university, helping my local synagogues with various projects, and making a wedding needlepoint for one of my children.

(44) Anonymous, September 29, 2011 11:59 AM

Thank you Lori

Thank you for delivering this beautiful and very significant message that has the power to lead my self into a deep reflection about it. Hopefully I will be able to take this message that has touched me into actions. Shana Tova!

(43) Willy, September 29, 2011 4:52 AM

I got to thinking about what I had said and I got concern that my reply might be considered disrespectful to the importance of Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah isn't a joke and neither do I consider it one. What Lori said was that we could think of an project that would take an while for it to be done start on it and ask The Almighty to grant us another year so we can get it done. I really love this idea. What to me was humorous is that with the nature of my first born son he has provided me with just the project. I love Lori for her ideas and I am grateful for them. As for Jeff , my son, maybe this is one mishap that will be a blessing in disguise. Friday I will bring him home for his visit. Like always it will be an long one. Up all Friday, crash on Saturday night and trying to find things to make it memorable for us both. This is how Jeffs world operates and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Have a great Rosh Hashanah I know I will.

(42) Anonymous, September 29, 2011 12:01 AM

So much work to do!

I need life because I have so much family to take care of.... both immediate and bring them back, to connect, I have so much money to raise for kiruv causes, I have a baby to deliver, I have a magazine to deliver, I love this video! It is awesome!

(41) lilian, September 28, 2011 6:59 PM

thank you lori for a so good message

i always learn something new ans important from your talks

(40) Michal, September 28, 2011 4:37 PM

Book of Live

Lori, I like your idea, but I think, the book of life is something else. It is more than to be written in in order to live another year. Hashem can even write me into the book of life and I will die after two month. And others can be written in the book of death and go on living even more years than 5772. I think it is about our past, present and future. I wish so much to be written in Hashems Book of Life /no matter, how long I will live here on earth, because I am longing to stay with Him, after I die. Forever. That we should do something good and start with it before Rosh Hashana, is wonderful. Because in the Book of Life are the names of rightous and holy people, the ones that will live forever be "Ohr panav" together with all who loved and love Him and try to do what He wishes us to do. May we all be written in that precious book! -

(39) Anonymous, September 28, 2011 2:20 PM

Lori I love your broadcasts! Shana Tova u'metuka!

(38) Anonymous, September 28, 2011 1:55 PM

needle point a talise bag for my grandson

my mother lived one more year for my son 's wedding in Feb she passed away the next Oct.

(37) Anonymous, September 28, 2011 12:16 PM

I have 3 goals for 5772: To help my young adult DS continue to develop, to improve my skills at the piano while taking formal lessons and to learn to read and write Hebrew. Shana tova.

(36) Willy, September 28, 2011 12:14 PM

Here is one for you. I have an son with autism. He is 29 now. Over the years he has damaged our home,pulled up floors, holes in walls and such. When I went to repair them he would damage them again. I did the floor in the bathroom and my daughters room one year and within two months he had picked the linoleum up with his fingernails. Last year my 17 year old and I redid some of the bathroom. together. and he did the floor by himself, his choice. The floor is still there. so finding an project is not an problem. My first born was an very big help on that. I know to an lot of people this may not be funny but after seeing this video I thought on what you said and just laugh. If my son could speak I could hear him say GOT TO LOVE ME and grin. at times like this an sense of humor helps. sholom

(35) David, September 28, 2011 11:20 AM

I started a website called the jewish remedy.

Thank you so much Lori! I do believe the jewish remedy is a great idea that can help many, B'ezrat Hashem. May we all be inscribed for a good year. Amen.

(34) bobbie glenney, September 28, 2011 5:30 AM

ask GD for forgiveness

i need to ask GD to put me in the book of life.and ask him to help all the right thing this year so i can grow in my new walk with GD in the new year

(33) Uziel yochevet, September 28, 2011 3:54 AM

my New Year's project

A synagogue member inspired me to celebrate my 60th birthday, next summer, with a simchat chochma, a celebration of wisdom. It is very much like a Bat Mitzvah but meant to signal the entry into elderhood. I have already started studying the Haftarah, and the rabbi agreed to tutor me in the Torah portion after the holidays. I believe the Almighty planted this idea in my head, so from my human vantage point, i don't see why it won't work. I also dream up a piece of music more than once a week, and want to enroll in a music theory and an ear-training clss so i can write my inspirations more easily. I love your idea of making it easy for Adonai to see why we need another year. It is actually us who need to see it.

(32) Anonymous, September 28, 2011 3:45 AM

Thank you!

Thank, you, Lori, for the idea of having a specific reason to ask the Holy One for another year. I've never thought of accompanying my request for another year of life with a justifying reason, and I don't know if having one more-likely assures an affirmative response. (I'm over 65 and happy just to wake up every morning!) But I have my project. It started in summer, when my wife had surgery on a foot. Her recovery has been much slower than anticipated and she is very depressed and easily overwhelmed by even small things. The physical effort I have to make to run the household and help her is well within my capability, and I don't complain about it; I'm blessed with good health. But the mental effort of living with someone who has had a huge personality change is tremendous My project, with the help of medical professionals we started to see today (for reasons other than the foot itself), is to continue to try to make her life easier and to try to be as patient and as I can be in comforting her and helping her back to what I pray will be a refuah shlema.

(31) Elisabeth Soros, September 28, 2011 3:44 AM

Book of Life for onother Year,put Your Life in Hashems hand

Yes, we can ask onother Project, but we must walk with the Almighty to open fully our heart and let Him to change our heaert to understand the Torah better and better and Hashem will give the strength to finish the Project and to be accepted in the Book of Life

(30) Anonymous, September 28, 2011 3:23 AM

Thank you for your wonderful suggestion.

I don't often watch your videos, but I seem to find the ones that are very meaningful to me. I think your idea of having a project in the present, to carry forward, is a great one, and I did the very same thing as I was making a life transition some years ago. The idea of continuity in our lives gives us a stability, security, a way to cope with change and surprises. We should always have a "project" going, maybe even two, to help us contribute to the lives of others, and to help us in our own lives when change, loss or illness intervenes. Thank you for expressing it so well. May you and your family enjoy a Shana Tova!

(29) Steve Mevorah, September 28, 2011 2:41 AM

It made me think.....

I would have never believed that as you get a little older for some reason you listen more. I watched the video, noticing the pausing in your phrases and accents on the important thoughts and it left me compelled to make what i am trying to do, an Accomplishment. I am 67 going on 40 but realized that life is short, and maybe even as short as this coming year.... so i will heed your thoughts and make a plan. How well you expressed yourself and with love of life. Thank you, I am active in our synagogue here in Vegas and plan to do more, as it becomes very satifsfying. A sweet New Year to you and yours, keep commenting.

(28) Larry, September 28, 2011 2:16 AM

Remamber My Soul

I was invited as a Ben Noach to edit the 7 Laws section on the Beyond A Recipe site.I lost my precious wife Meredith seven years ago, It wasn't untill two years later I came across your book Remember My Soul. I so much wished I could have been aquainted with the steps of grieving you so wonderfully outlined in your book. One of my projects for this year is to introduce your book on the site, because we as Noahides are needing input from our Jewish mentors,and learning how to go through the grieving -healing process will help us to build up our " new traditions" pertaining to everyday life.

(27) Jackie, September 28, 2011 2:01 AM


I started a project in July to become more optimistic, to have a more positive attitude and to find more joy in daily life. There have been ups and downs, but what I have learned is that there is so much support for positivism and people around me are so responsive to the more upbeat (godful) attitude I now make a purposeful effort to convey. There is simply so much Of God in the world, and I am grateful and inspired.

(26) Eliana, September 28, 2011 1:40 AM

Shana Tova

Three of my projects will be to learn to make pottery with a potter's wheel so I can make Judaica for gifts and to sell, become more fluent with reading Hebrew for my Bat Mitzvah, and to run a marathon so I will be healthier and in better shape.

(25) gail, September 27, 2011 11:55 PM

healing and getting stronger

i am going through a very difficult divorce and i need the time to rebuild and heal my relationship with my 15 year old daughter.

Anonymous, October 2, 2011 8:04 PM

shana tova

I wish you wisdom, kindness and patience and as good a year as possible.

(24) Sandy, September 27, 2011 11:47 PM

May you and all Isra'el be blessed

I'm on the verge of divorce and I will try to put this mess back together again.

Anonymous, October 2, 2011 8:02 PM

shana tova

I wish you strength, kindness and patience as well as in general a good year.

(23) José Luiz Sousa, September 27, 2011 10:44 PM

This new year I will go on in my process of conversion.

During a long time I looked for a new way to my life. I stopped participating in catholic ceremonies and began to look for judaism. Now I am reading a series of books and want to join a Synagouge, make brit milah and Bar Mitzvah

(22) maria guerrero, September 27, 2011 10:02 PM

I need my name to be written in the Book of life

I always see and listen to your videos with great interest God bless you for all that you give us, I need to get closer to my children they live in the UK and our relation si distant, so I Will ask THE Almighty to give one more year to get closer to them

(21) Jaakov Markus, September 27, 2011 9:08 PM

Religious ecological yeshuv in the Negev in Israel

Dear Lori, Everybody knows you are an angel so no doubt HaShem will write you in the Book of Life for another year. You deserve it! I hope all your projects will florish in 5772 and that you and your family are healthy/well. My dream/mission of life is to built an religious ecological yeshuv (village) in the Negev in Israel. There is a plan, there is interest of many people, there is a beautifull spot and at this spot there is one Israelian entrepreneur already living and working. However we need some more other small religious entrepreneurs to make a start (minjan?) there. Before I can make aliya I first have to finish an other project in Holland in 5772: my giur. And....I have to inspire my wife to go the same way with me. This is until now a problem. So if you have an good advice... Shalom and shana tova, Ja'akov Markus also for my wife Lucia Markus

(20) Anonymous, September 27, 2011 8:39 PM

Shanah Tova to ALL

Thank You Lori ! I am starting (private)Hebrew lesson, need support for sure. May WE all have a sweet Year.

(19) Anonymous, September 27, 2011 8:26 PM

My project: Learn Biblical Hebrew to read the Torah in Hebrew

Lori, First time that I have heard you speak. Thanks so much. I am excited about the New Year and my growth in learning the Hebrew language on eTeacher. Shalom, Dennis

(18) Rhoda Reiss, September 27, 2011 8:13 PM

I continue to learn to speak Hebrew. My dream is to be in Jerusalem next Sukkot.

I have so many reasons to want another year of life. We want to take our two gransons to Jerusalem in December. I need to improve my Hebrew reading. I need to continue to help disconnected Jews connect to G'd.

Uziel Yochevet, September 28, 2011 4:02 AM

reconnecting to judaism

I applaud your efforts to reconnect Jews. I was reconnected by "accident". I serendipitously came across the book,"To Life" by Harold Kushner, at a New Age Church, when I was having a spiritual crisis. That book lead me back to a new and amazing perception of the religion I had been raised in and left. As an adult, I am in such a better place to appreciate this religion, and am overwhelmed wiht my luck at being involved in it. I'm like a kid in a candy store, gobbling up so much knowlege and experience! I hope you are lead to help in ways that will pull people in and not push them further out. Mazal Tov!

(17) Bob Lowe, September 27, 2011 8:13 PM

Just 'Thank you'!

A message which I thoroughly appreciated - & I'm not Jewish! But I pray that Almighty G-d will bless you & all Israel! Amos 9.15! AMEN!

(16) leora Tasker, September 27, 2011 7:32 PM

Such great words

Barukh Haba Ba Shem Lori, toda raba for your wisdom

(15) Paul, September 27, 2011 7:07 PM

Shana Tova Lori & everyone

Shana Tova Lori & everyone. Thank you for these inspiring videos. Good suggestion in this video, I am working on it. Paul

(14) Elisheva, September 27, 2011 7:02 PM

Shanah Tovah..Next year in Jerusalem !

Thanks Lori for the thoughtful words. Before the end of each year, we need to think over what has eternal value. For my part, I think the word of God in D'varim 30:15-16 opens an incomprehensible perspective of this life with rich possibilities and the fruit it provides opens up a new understanding of eternal value. Thanks Lori for the thoughtful words. Before the end of each year, we need to think over what has eternal value. For my part, I think the word of God in D'varim 30:15-16 opens an incomprehensible perspective of this life with rich possibilities and the fruit it provides opens up a new understanding of eternal value. Thanks Lori for the thoughtful words. Before the end of each year, we need to think over what has eternal value. For my part, I think the word of God in D'varim 30:15-16 opens an incomprehensible perspective of this life with rich possibilities and the fruit it provides opens up a new understanding of eternal value.

(13) Anonymous, September 27, 2011 6:56 PM

Shana Tova

I thought our names were already written in the Book of Life. They can only be scratched out. May The Almighty not remove our names from His Book of Life. May we live worthy and humbly according to His Word, His Torah. Thank you Lori. May we carry your words through the new year and throughout the year. Shana Tova.

(12) Anonymous, September 27, 2011 5:05 PM

Nurturing our Marriage

Because our dear son suffers from a chronic illness, it's easy for my husband and me to become immersed in and overwhelmed by the daily sadness and pain of the situation. We have committed to spend time every day focusing on our relationship and on the strength and love it needs and provides. We know that on some days we will be more successful than on other days. We will, however, strive to nurture our marriage daily.

(11) Anonymous, September 27, 2011 4:29 PM

Lori, I miss you so much! I am grateful to learn through you all the time through Almost life and your weekly parsha

II have two wonderful new projects which happened to just coincide with Rosh Hashanah! First is working wih Rabbi Areyeh Pamensky with my husband weekly on marriage, Making marriage a Verb, not a noun! Secondly, I am part of a new triage team which is partnered with a large hospital to help families naviagate services when they are in crisis for mental health issues for youth.

(10) Iona Hoeppner, September 27, 2011 3:59 PM

I have added another elementary Hebrew class.So now I teach three classes, adults and teens, now taking on a 6 year old student as well... A project I so dearly love!

(9) chaya lasson, September 27, 2011 3:33 PM

wishing you a shana tova

Hi Lori, Just wanted to say thanks for giving me this wonderful opportunity that is keeping me motivated each day. I am so looking forward and want to express my hakaras hatov. All the best to you and your family. With much respect and admiration for all you do, chaya

(8) Anonymous, September 27, 2011 3:33 PM

Project for the New Year

When I see "Lori Almost Live" on the Aish program it's always a treat for me! My new project is contacting widows & people who are alone to show them that they are not forgotten. I am doing this in memory of my mother-in-law who passed away this summer. Shana Tova & keep up your great work!

Kelly, September 28, 2011 8:10 PM

Thats a beatiful project i wish you the best of luck accomplishing it!

(7) Elizabeth Rosenbaum, September 27, 2011 2:34 PM

amazing i m going to build our marriage life a fresh

amazing video.

(6) Anonymous, September 27, 2011 1:42 PM

Lori, have a sweet year-you and your loved ones. Shana Tova! Pacey Sugar

(5) Savtamama, September 27, 2011 3:56 AM

This is the year...

...I learn to read and understand Hebrew! i started 2 weeks ago,

(4) Anonymous, September 26, 2011 11:05 PM


I hope to continue in charitable endeavors in which I'm currently involved.

(3) Masha Merkulova, September 26, 2011 5:18 PM

Educating Jewish teens

As the saying goes— children are our future. Yet, so few orgs are helping our Jewish teens form and strengthen their Jewish identity and their connection to Israel, our Homeland. So, Club Z was born. Club Z will kick off after the High Holidays with a fun, forward looking informal program where teens will learn about Jewish history, Israel, zionism, and why we, as people, are forever connected to this incredible and tiny piece of land in the middle of a bad neighborhood. I would love to tell you more about, Lori, since you have been my inspiration for a few years now. Shana Tova! Masha Merkulova

(2) Anonymous, September 26, 2011 4:06 AM

I need some ideas.

Schmiodile, October 2, 2011 7:51 PM


You could start something creative, learn how to draw, to paint, make cookies, write, studying classes on the Pathways part of, read books, write letters, help someone, teach someone something you're good at... Do something for the environment, for elderly, for children, for a school... Improve something. Add to something.

(1) Anonymous, September 25, 2011 6:39 PM

i'm going to tell the truth

to the girl that was made insane and ill by terrible deeds and lies. not sure how to do it or what may follow, but i cannot allow her suffering to continue. to destroy a person is to destroy a world. to save a person is to save a world. and this girl who has been in pain for so long could actually save a world. i've had enough.

Anonymous, September 26, 2011 11:01 PM


What are you talking about? If you think somone has been mistreated, then one of your deeds could be to help this person and/or help them get the help they need from appropriate sources. This also includes the person taking personal responsibility for not using how she may have been treated as an excuse to not do the most good she can.

Chaya, September 27, 2011 2:42 PM

Take a step back

I think you both need to take a step back and put yourselves in others shoes. How would you have done things differently? How do you know this girl didn't take responsibility and manage the best she could in a difficult situation?Unless you can put yourselves in another's shoes, don't judge. Shana Tova Umesuka and a Gut Gebenched Yar

Anonymous, September 27, 2011 2:17 PM

Get Help and Personal Responsibility

What are you talking about? This seems a strange response to Lori's question. Get the person help. Also, the person must take personal responsibility to make the most of her life.

Anonymous, October 3, 2011 2:45 AM

I think this is taking responsibility

The first comment about this was made about someone finding out that others harmed a girl beyond belief. The commenter is now trying to figure out a way to figure it all out and fix it. The girl that was tortured has absolutely no responsibility in causing herself--or anyone, for that matter--any pain nor is she in any position to take responsibility for herself at this time. She is not well. She was targeted and hurt to nearly indescribable condition. Not sure why everyone is so upset with the girl or the one who wants to help. One girl was hurt, and that is awful, and someone who was in no way part of the original torturing of the girl is trying to fix it. If there is anger to be had, it seems to be misdirected. There are others who did the harm and who are not making it okay. Maybe it will all be okay.


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