The Worst Day Ever: An Inspiring Message for This Year's Corona Rosh Hashanah

What you focus on creates your reality. This Rosh Hashanah choose your vision.

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Comments (24)

(15) Anonymous, September 6, 2021 9:18 PM

Wonderful message

A wonderful message and so true. Very clever presentation. Thanks

(14) Bryna Lazarus, September 21, 2020 3:00 AM




Harry Pearle, September 25, 2020 3:07 PM

WORST DAY EVER text from Earlier Aish sotry by Yvette Miller

FYI, again, this is an earlier story, from 2017, by Yvette Miller.

Perhaps, should have included this link, with the video.

(Sorry, if you want to read it BACKWARDS, do the work, yourself!) Good Year Harry

(13) Avie Shapiro, September 18, 2020 7:00 PM

Thank You, Rabbi Sytner!

What a powerful message! And your own speaking style enhances it even more!! Yeyasher Kochacha! Ksivah Vachasimah Tovah, and may you have much Hatzlochoh in your Avodas Hakodosh!

(12) Ralph Alfonso, September 12, 2020 2:29 PM


I am very impressed with your perspective of ראש השנה. Be blessed.

(11) shai scherer, September 11, 2020 4:50 AM

words to the poem

If possible, could you email me the words to that poem....I thought it was powerful to read it backwards and want to have my family read it together.
Thank you in advance.

Harry Pearle, September 11, 2020 1:29 PM

Here is a link to Chanie Gorkin's poem, again, below

I put this in my own comment, below.
I wonder if it is OK to REPRINT the poem, for publication.

(10) Maria Dodoc, September 10, 2020 6:53 PM

Thank You!

(9) Neil Berg, September 10, 2020 5:50 PM

good one!

Great message and video Rabbi!
Shana Tova to you and your family.

(8) Gershon Rudnick, September 10, 2020 5:28 PM

Very inspiring. This message is one I’ve heard repeated often during this Elul but not as well as the poem presented. L’Shana Tova.

(7) Alexandra, September 10, 2020 3:12 PM


Shana tova! Great video, todah

Anonymous, September 10, 2020 8:19 PM

You too!

Thank you, you too!

(6) Esther Rothschild, September 10, 2020 3:07 PM

i I must say this D'var Torah was absolutely fantastic. I listened to it a few times as it was so inspiring. It was told very well and meant alot to me.
Shana Tova

Anonymous, September 10, 2020 8:18 PM


HI Esther,
Im so glad that you found it meaningful.
May you have a happy, healthy , sweet new year!

(5) Julie Crawford, September 10, 2020 3:01 PM

This is beautiful

Thank you, Rabbi, for this powerful and beautiful message!

Rabbi Sytner, September 10, 2020 8:18 PM

You're welcome!

My pleasure! So glad you enjoyed!

(4) Susie Grama, September 10, 2020 2:39 PM

Enjoyed the video

The philosophy of the theme of the video is one totally in keeping with my own. It was inspiring to hear it presented so nicely and accompanied by that amazing poem. Shana Tova

Anonymous, September 10, 2020 5:34 PM


Hi Susie,
I couldn't agree more! The poem was so touching, and spot on!
Shana tova!

(3) Harry Pearle, September 9, 2020 3:05 PM

Yes, Life is a PARADOX. (We find both good and bad aspects to respond to.)

Wonderful, Rabbi Synter. Thank you. But let's see it BOTH ways.

This reminds me of an auto license plate I saw: "DANG - R."

I think the driver wanted to alert people, to be careful.
But he or she left out the "E" so it is up to us to interpret it and respond.

By leaving a SPACE, the driver gave the message more IMPACT.
With impact, some people might remember it, and this could SAVE LIVES.

(Actually the space in DANG - R had a New York map share.
I saw it in January, 2020, and then the VIRUS came to New York,,,)
Thanks, again. Harry

Harry Pearle, September 10, 2020 3:19 PM

FYI - Here is the Story of Chanie Gorkin and the Poem TEXT

I had to see the actual text, to believe it could be read in reverse.

Perhaps one way to improve our LIVES is BACKWARDS, by REVIEW and CHANGE. THANKS MUCH

(2) Joyce Aldrich, September 9, 2020 10:50 AM

Shana Tova

Shana Tova to all the remarkable people who make up our Jewish family, for we are a family. We are never alone. May this coming year see us united as we have never been united before.

Anonymous, September 10, 2020 5:34 PM

thank you!

Thank you so much Joyce! A sweet year to you and the entire family!

(1) Alan S., September 8, 2020 8:02 PM

L'Shanah Tova R' Sytner

A beautiful message spoken eloquently and sincerely by the Rabbi.
I especially enjoyed his perspective on envisioning the person you want to be.
Isn't this really what the High Holidays are all about?

Rabbi, Yasher Koach!

Rabbi Sytner, September 10, 2020 5:33 PM

Yes it is!

Alan, this is exactly what the essence of the holiday is all about.
thank you and shana tova!


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