Who Do You Want to Be This New Year?

3 steps to embracing your potential.

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Comments (26)

(20) Racheli Dubin, September 1, 2021 9:36 PM

Great Video!!!

loved it, thank you, seems doable!!!

(19) Ian Berkowitz, October 1, 2019 1:58 PM

Inspirational and a complete message


I wanted to thank you for such a inspirational and beautiful message. In today's society it seems as if we are always being told what we do wrong and how we need to be better at everything. You message confirmed that I should always be living with gratitude of what I have already done and accomplished and be happy who I am and what I have done right. Thank you..

Yitzchak Berkowitz

(18) Suhasini, September 29, 2019 1:07 PM

Thank you Rabbi

Thank you for yet another inspiring message. I am definitely going to keep in mind the three steps. And of course, practice them.
Shana Tova

(17) michael Onheiser, September 29, 2019 9:03 AM

Old soul, New to aish.com

Instantly re-freshen. Seeking stimulation to re assert my self. Its the high holidays upon us again.
Have fallen away , God has quickened me.
Thank you.


(16) Anonymous, September 29, 2019 12:46 AM


I can change my life this year .

(15) Alexandra, September 28, 2019 9:28 PM

Beautiful video, Shavua tov and Shana tovah

(14) Maria, September 27, 2019 12:05 AM


Thank you for that beautiful, inspiring message that encourages us to seek the Almighty and His heart for our identity and who we were created to be in His image! May we seek Him with all our hearts and find Him in the seeking, waiting and repenting!!

(13) Anonymous, September 24, 2019 5:38 PM

you knocked this one out of the park Rabbi.

(12) Andrew Silverman MD, September 24, 2019 3:01 PM


Best video yet!

Shana Tov Rabbi Tzvi.

Andrew Y. Silverman, M.D., Ph.D.

(11) Karen, September 24, 2019 9:55 AM

Right on target

Thank you Rabbi for your endless inspiration. Your messages are always so relevant ,powerful, and true.
It’s good to be reminded to focus on r who we are from time to time so we can take your message forward and become even greater. Thanks so much for making this so clear.

Rabbi Sytner, September 26, 2019 3:57 PM

Thank you!

Hi Karen,
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. Greatly appreciated!

(10) Nicole, September 23, 2019 7:24 PM

Thank you

This was so awesome and just hits right on target . I love what you had stayed. Thank you Nicole

(9) Jennifer Fleming, September 23, 2019 4:24 PM

Wow! Inspiring! Fabulous!

Thank you so very much. It's what I needed to hear. Sonetimes hearing has more impact than reading especially when the speaker conveys their enthusiasm. Shana tova to you, your family and friends!

Rabbi sytner, September 23, 2019 11:17 PM

Thank you!

Hi Jennifer,
Thank you for your kind message. I’m really glad to hear it resonated!
Shana Tova!

(8) Harry Pearle, September 22, 2019 10:59 PM

What we are may not always be welcome! (Trash or Treasure?)

This also, reminded me that I once had a student who said, "Curiosity is the route to knowledge."

But after watching your remarks, it seemed to that being CURIOSITY, and, DISCOVERING things is not always welcome .

Perhaps, I am the type of person who is curious, who likes to make discoveries, in life (EMES). But it might also help to realize that our roles in life may not always be welcome, with certain people and in certain situations.

"One man's trash, is another man's treasure"

Nancy, September 23, 2019 11:05 AM

To commenter #8 Harry Pearle

As I have become more religiously observant, two former friends have dropped me from their orbit. When I asked one of them why she never speaks with me any more, she said it was because she had too much stress in her life. That statement is true, but a certain amount of her stress is self induced. The other former friend and I really have nothing in common any more. Nonetheless, I know who I am and who I want to be.

(7) Anonymous, September 22, 2019 9:08 PM

Uplifting message

Thank you Rabbi. I will carry this idea into Rosh Hashanah. Truly uplifting and gives you hope!!

(6) Anonymous, September 22, 2019 6:48 PM

Tris video really has a Message for everyone congratulations

(5) Hanntte, September 22, 2019 3:41 PM

Thankyou i enjoyed every one especialy God loves us anil'dodivdodili

Rabbi Sytner, September 23, 2019 11:15 PM

Glad you enjoyed!

Thanks for sharing!

(4) MICHAEL WILKS, September 22, 2019 3:17 PM

Where did these super-inspiring originate?

Thank you for the super-inspiring video. Can you please send me to the source(s) that led you to these thoughts so I can see it for myself?

(3) Chanit Roston, September 22, 2019 3:10 PM

My thinking as well.

Yes, That is precisely so, and it is not limited to ROSH HASHANA. That needs to be the thinking and feeling always. There is a simple way to see it,
"Watch the doughnut, not the hole.

(2) Alan S., September 22, 2019 11:57 AM

Excellent message...

Rabbi Svtner's put together a video that captured the heart and essence of the High Holiday. To use a trite but true expression, a 'powerful' video.

Anonymous, September 22, 2019 12:49 PM

So glad

Hi Allan,
Thank you for your message. I’m so glad to hear that the video resonated with you. Wishing you and your family a Shana Tova!

(1) Adam Ezekiel, September 22, 2019 10:09 AM

Best video on the internet!

Love the conviction and the message.
Yashar koach.

Rabbi Sytner, September 22, 2019 12:48 PM

You’re too kind!

Adam, thanks so much for your kind words! Very much appreciated! Shana Tova!


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