The Shema: Why We Cover Our Eyes

I discovered the answer when our baby was rushed to the hospital with a life-threatening emergency.

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Comments (10)

(8) Anonymous, December 13, 2018 6:14 PM

What a lovely analogy.

Hi Tsvi, How remarkable of you to make such a harsh experience into a genuinely positive thought and life lesson for others who need it. You are wise beyond your years :-) Be well Cheers Alan

(7) Rabbi Sytner, December 13, 2018 4:49 PM

Thank you! And Update

Thank you all for your beautiful comments. I realized I should’ve clarified, This happened ancouple of years ago and thankfully she is well now! Miracles! Thank you!

(6) Carole Paul, December 12, 2018 11:49 PM

Moving story

I can't even begin to imagine what an experience this was. Is the baby Okay now? Carole

(5) Joshua, December 11, 2018 4:35 PM

Always powerful

R' Sytner your videos are always soooooo good - but this one - wow. As a father of four I felt you. Got the message loud and clear. Now headed back to my brutal work day. Thanks for helping make it more meaningful.

(4) Reuven Frank, December 11, 2018 6:02 AM


Rabbi Sytner
I am a ba'al teshuvah who became frum in 1976.
(Probably before the Rabbi was born.)

I have asked this question repeatedly in the more than 40 years
intervening: Why DO we cover our eyes?
I haven't received a really satisfactory answer...
...until now.

Here's hoping that HaShem has granted your child
a refuah sheleimah, a complete recovery
and that she should be blessed until
120 Good years.

(If, God forbid, she isn't yet completely, 100% recovered
would you please post her name so I can daven for her.
I imagine many others would like to do so, if necessary,
as well.)

(3) Anonymous, December 9, 2018 6:23 PM

Thank you

We have a small child in our family who is in the hospital fighting for his life. His name is Judah ben Devorah and we are praying for a Hanukkah miracle. Thank you for this video.

Robin Smith, December 10, 2018 4:35 AM

Praying for little Judah

This broke my heart. I am praying. Would you post an update, if you're willing?

(2) Sarah, December 9, 2018 5:17 PM

Profoundly beautiful

I have listened to this over and over all morning with tears in my eyes. It is profoundly beautiful.

(1) Anonymous, December 9, 2018 3:04 PM


I am a Baal tshuva. women in shul ignore me. I have family that don't invite me. Holidays are extremely painful. Is this why.mashiach has not come

Anonymous, December 9, 2018 3:21 PM


I am curious why you appended your specific question about the coming of Mashiach to this heartfelt video by Rabbi Sytner?
Please, explain what the correlation is to you?


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