How to Transform Your High Holidays

A moving story about a young man, an old Jew and a poetry contest.

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Comments (12)

(11) elf, February 25, 2016 12:29 AM

Love for God is the answer.

When I pray to God, I am so emotional, sometimes it feels that my heart is breaking. When I hear people say what all man has done for the world, I almost get angry. Why do I get angry, because we have not created anything compared to what God created and nothing that we as humans have made is not done without his help. I think the key to love in the world is knowledge about other religions and how many similarities we have if we believe in one God. Amen

(10) Delene Esselen, September 18, 2015 1:34 PM

Being connected to God is what matters.

Thank you, Rabbi, for bringing to our attention the importance of having a relationship with the God of the Universe and speaking to Him sincerely and meaningfully. Loved this video. Thank you.

(9) shlomo, September 14, 2015 5:07 AM

Moving and inspiring! :) Yom Tov

(8) Debbie, September 9, 2015 10:13 PM

There should be a 4th category on the list.

We need to find ways to come together as Jews; we need to work to ensure our continuity in this dangerous new world that's spinning us out of control.

(7) David R., September 9, 2015 6:26 PM

eye opener

I just discovered this website yesterday. Today I received my first
email from you. I have just finished watching the video about the young man and the old man reading Psalm 23.It made me see that I have been like the young man. I've been reading about the Lord instead of talking to Him. Though we are not Jewish, my wife and I have been following the readings for the "days of awe". I will read them with a new and more respectful attitude from now on. Thanks for your teachings. Shalom

(6) Anonymous, September 9, 2015 2:23 AM

Confirmation is important

Thank you for describing what I do every morning and night and verifying that it is a good and G-dly thing.

(5) Bracha, September 8, 2015 10:55 PM

This video touches my heart andsoul

What a beautiful, moving video.It touched my heart and soul and I watched it again and was humble by the beauty of the words. How often we forget what a treasure and blessing it is to be Jewish. Thank you and Shanah Tovah to everyone.

(4) Anonymous, September 8, 2015 8:39 PM

Thank you

I was at a meeting awhile back and the group was asked to follow in a prayer before the meeting began. Everyone in the group finished before me and I felt like something was wrong, with how the prayer had been said. It felt like they were all speaking like robots. I took longer because I had to feel the connection of each word, and I did not know what words would describe what I sensed wrong. You put it into perspective- They were reciting the prayer and I needed to speak with G-d in order for my prayer to feel as if it were being transformed. Thank you for the words of wisdom, it was very helpful and touching.

(3) Faye Warren, September 8, 2015 4:37 PM

A Happy New Year

Thank you for sharing this inspiring video. May all at MEMRI have a blessed Yom Tov.

(2) Sylvia Bornstein, September 8, 2015 3:37 PM


(1) Liz Wind, September 6, 2015 1:50 PM

Shanna Tova Tzvi.
Thanks for sharing.

Judy Garber, September 8, 2015 2:58 PM


Thank you for continuing to inspire us, even from afar.
Shana tova to you and your family.


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