I’m Yitzi Hurwitz and I Know that I Matter

I was talented and strong. I could teach, lecture, sing, dance and play guitar. Within two years I watched that all slip away. I have ALS and my muscles lost their functionality.

Comments (36)

(34) Anonymous, December 25, 2019 3:20 PM


Maybe you could enter this trial?

(33) CD U, December 24, 2019 2:28 PM

Hashem sent me this message just when I needed it most

For whatever reason Hashem understands and I don't, he planted me in a family with several verbally abusive members. As much as one learns to take the actual words with a grain of salt, it's still deeply painful, and makes one doubt his/her true value....This message reminds me that suffering and relevance are not polar opposites. I am relevant, and while my soul needs this tikkun, it's not because the actual insults are true!

(32) Anonymous, March 17, 2019 2:11 AM


You and your family are such an inspiration. This clip was moving beyond words.

(31) Anonymous, March 7, 2019 11:22 PM

Whistled language

What about using a whistle language? A highly responsive whistle capable of producing more then one tone by "overblowing" it might be created perhaps by collaborating with s.o who crafts wooden flutes, recorders tin pipes. However, one note alone suffices already to create a language which in its rudimentary form may be learned in 3 months easily. Rudimentary skills suffice to get across the most complex ideas if need be. But they could be developed further by a lecturer and his students if the lecturer does the thinking and the students coins new sign language terms to help express it. If the patient can hear, new sign language terms can be orally explained to him by his students. . In short, the students would provide the feedback regarding the language development for their teacher who only has to worry about developing and organizing his ideas. A whistled language would be cheap, flexible ,uncomplicated I see no problem for a whistle language here. , he has a clear mind, can breathe and hear as it seems so he could learn a whistle language very fast which would make him independent of that computer. The only pre-requisite to create a whistle language from the scratch based upon immediate needs at first, is common sense . Here are some sources of already existing whistle and alternative languages:


Jewish Mom, March 12, 2019 1:37 PM

He does not breathe independently.

It's very kinds of you to try and find solutions for Yitzy. This would be a great idea for people who are lucid and can breathe and you never know - perhaps your post will help someone who can communicate this way. But Yitzi is not breathing on his own; he has a trach, so this method would not be helpful to him. Let's just pray that he can continue eye-tracking and communicating that way; it sounds like that is becoming more challenging for him.

(30) Boca mom, March 7, 2019 6:44 PM


When you said Hashem gifted you with ALS, tears came to my eyes. How can I think I have any difficulties in life when you show such complete faith that even such a challenge as ALS is a gift. You matter more than you even know for living the way you do and showing us all this example of putting everything in His hands, and knowing He has a plan.

(29) Jewish Mom, March 6, 2019 10:22 AM

Thank you, Yitzi and family!

We are in Adar - the time of year of increased joy, followed by Nissan, the month of redemption. We know that Moshiach can arrive any day - hopefully today! So Yitzi - keep hanging in there as you bring about unfathomable Kiddush Hashem with your perseverance; you are bringing the geula closer. Of course you matter, as does everything and every single one of Hashem's creations!! But you have increased your "mattering" exponentially through your brave choice to set a personal example of devotion to Hashem and his Torah despite challenges. I'd like to also express my admiration for your amazing wife Dina and your beautiful kinderlach who also share in this phenomenal Kiddush Shem Shamayim (glorification of G-d). Refuah sheleima.

(28) Hadassah, March 6, 2019 4:20 AM

You Matter Tremendously

Rabbi Hurwitz Please realize you matter even more than you may realize.Ever since hearing your story a few years ago I have been davening for you during shemona Esrai and continuously being awed by your fortitude and faith in G-d.You are by far a HERO that is shaping the worldview of so many who have been tremendously inspired by how much of an angel a man can become trhough clinging to Hashem.As a result you are literally changing the world into a better and brighter more spiritual pllace.Who knows how many peoples lives have changed as a result of seeing your perserverance and resiliance in the face of such adversit? By writing this comment I am representing all these unknown people around the globe.Thank You Rabbi Hurwitz from the bottom of my heart for changing my life, for recognizing whats truly important and strengething my connection to G-d. You matter Rabbi Hurwitz you most definately matter!

(27) Shoshanna, March 6, 2019 2:28 AM


The choice that you made to live, though I'm sure it can be very hard for you, is living Torah for those who learn about you. You teach us the things that Hashem wants us to learn, and we are grateful for you and your dear family.

(26) Anonymous, March 3, 2019 8:19 PM

PS final note

Maybe there exists a device that works like the one mentioned in the above article, but that does not work via touch screen but focused breath, produced via a straw. With that one could stop pictures that flash up on the screen and select ones wishes, words or letters. It could work in essence like a dictionary. with a hirarchy of selections starting with very basic selections that flash up on the screen and that get more and more refined.

(25) Anonymous, March 3, 2019 7:58 PM

PS Note to my comment

when I entered into google breathing and communication I found the following links


Seems there may be additional new devices available

(24) Anonymous, March 3, 2019 7:46 PM

Thank you so much

for sharing this. It is very encouraging. My deepest respect and prayers.

Is there perhaps a way to communicate with one's breath? That may perhaps be easier One can see that at least he can move his lips and smile and he is also not on a respirator.
This being so one should be able to communicate with a breath pattern lets say on a sensitive screen that works like a touch screen with the breath replacing the touch.. One may focus the breath with a device like a straw perhaps?

Jewish Mom, March 6, 2019 10:19 AM

He's breathing through a trach so this won't work

Did you watch the clip? Yitzi tells us that he made a decision to choose life by undergoing a tracheostomy rather than die because he couldn't breathe. I don't know how communicating via breath patterns could work for Yitzi, but perhaps your information can be useful to others reading these comments.

(23) John Bischop, March 3, 2019 5:31 PM

What an inspiration you are to me. ! respectfully

Though your “walk” through life seems troubled to me, you regard God’s touch in your life as a blessing, in the different ways He has blessed you. When I had my stroke, on the way in an ambulance, I too told the attendant that the good book says this too is a blessing. When I got to the hospital, I was told a stroke occurred. Today they say an Mia type occurred. But the expierence makes me cherish each day.. I get.. love and hugs to you and yours..

(22) Keith, UK, March 3, 2019 3:09 PM


Praying for you Yitzi and your family ....... שלום ....... Keith, UK ....... I admire you more than I can put into words ......... G-d bless you always.

(21) Pam reynolds, March 1, 2019 9:50 PM

I matter

Through my years and getting g ready for shabbos I stopped to listen to this video I read your articles all the time you are inspirational and I have learned so much . Thank you so much

(20) Miriam, March 1, 2019 2:19 PM

Sooooo moving I don't know what to say!! What is the meaning of Yitzi Hurwitz please and what is ALS?

(19) Anonymous, March 1, 2019 10:24 AM

Yitzi....You matter to me!

Thank you for being such a source of inspiration to us all. G-d bless you!

(18) Jennifer, March 1, 2019 2:21 AM

Amazing and Impactful

Thank you Yitzi! My daughter came home from the weekend CtEEN event so inspired and moved to continue her volunteering and focus on being good, kind, and genuine, and with a renewed sense of purpose. Your words matter. To so many.

(17) Brenda Rosen, February 28, 2019 11:54 PM

unbelievable courage

This one a most moving, heartrending video to watch. My prayers are with the entire family. May their love penetrate the isolation and frustration that must surface with so brave a soul. May Hashem continue to imbue a sense of purpose and a will to stay close to those beloved family members. They are to be commended for their unrelenting devotion and love for one another.

(16) Anonymous, February 28, 2019 9:57 PM


(15) Anonymous, February 28, 2019 9:49 PM

Shared struggless

I have Myotonic Muscular Dytrophy and share some of those physical and emotional struggles. I pray that I can find the strength and confidence to also make a difference. Thank you for reminding me!

(14) Anonymous, February 28, 2019 9:20 PM

Some things you could try?

Im so sorry to hear of all that you are going through. My husband died of ALS 3 years ago. He had even gone to Israel for stem cell transplants. My suggestions now are more holistic. Have you tried near infra-red Light therapy? It is easy to find this and do it. I know that ALS seems relentless. But I am SURE we will soon find something to reverse its course. Please try the near-infrared as a light or sauna experience. Ail Na Refano Lo! May you enjoy a miracle of healing! Your family/children are beautiful, Kinenhara.

(13) Anita Zuckerberg, February 28, 2019 7:40 PM

Story of Rabbi Yitzi

This is a beautiful story because Yitzi know Hashem has a purpose for him. Yitzi is important to those he serves even though his role is different than it used to be before ALS.

(12) Anonymous, February 28, 2019 7:26 PM


Thank you for sharing this video What a strong husband and father May Hashem send you much laughter and Simcha from your dedicated wife and beautiful children

(11) Anonymous, February 28, 2019 6:40 PM

There is absolutely no word in the dictionary to say on this unbelievable servant of Hashem.
His life is an inspiration beyond belief.
May Hashem send a cure!

(10) Joshua, February 28, 2019 6:33 PM

Worth subscribing

...to Aish.com which delivers life-altering content to klal Yisroel

and the Hurwitz Family Fund. https://www.hurwitzfamilyfund.com/

R' Hurwitz's Torah articles are tremendous. He doesn't ask for anything. But there is a non-profit you can donate to which supports R' Hurwitz's with dignity. I can honestly say his insights impacted me deeply well before I knew his personal story. After that - how much more so.

Thank you for choosing Life, R' Hurwitz, and thank you so much for helping me savor my own. Kol hakavod may you go from strength to strength.

(9) Mendel Feingold, February 28, 2019 5:32 PM

Dear Rabbi Yitzchok your film serves as an inspiration to all those thousands of Am Yisroel who are also living with many nisyonos, may Hashem continue to to look after you and your exceptional family.

(8) Debra Alvo, February 28, 2019 4:29 PM

The masses you now reach!!!

It’s almost too much for my brain to comprehend the high level of a person you are Rabbi Yitzi Hurwitz. I can’t believe the ginormous amount of people, hidden and otherwise, that you have the power to now reach on a global ? scale...to teach Torah and the true deep meaning of...what a life with meaning really means. Hashem blessed you and your family and as you said “gifted you with ALS” which without...limited your ability to reach as far and wide an expense of this universe that you do! Thank you seems so trite, but please know that you personally are saving lives and I mean this literally. I’ve shared this post and would love permission to share on social media. May Hashem continue to bless you with the clarity of mind to keep giving as you do. Your received love from your blessed wife and your blessed children are proof beyond measure of the love Hashem has for you. lol hakavid for such inspiration!!! TODAH TODAH TODAH ? ? ? Debra Alvo in NYC

(7) Anonymous, February 28, 2019 4:25 PM

Unbelievably inspiring!

(6) Yocheved Brazil, February 28, 2019 4:03 PM


I have Never seen anything so inspiring. Rabbi Hurwitx and his incredible wife have taken the unbelievable nisayon that HaShem gave them and are choosing to see the positive. I am in the healthcare field and see many patients who lose the ability to perform normal daily functions and its often extremely depressing. This video shows you how someone who is literally stripped of everything physical still have a will to love because of the neshama inside him. Thank you aish

(5) James Rosenberg, February 28, 2019 4:02 PM

Rabbi, you have truly blessed us!

ALS can be a terrible challenge; I was the primary caregiver for my mother-in-law.

YOU make it into a life event to celebrate; Baruch haShem.

YOUR life is a celebration, and I will say your name after the misheberach prayer on Shabbat. I'm also giving the D'var Torah at Shul, and will dedicate it to you, and in your honor.

James Rosenberg

(4) Anonymous, February 28, 2019 3:41 PM

I am inspired by your courage as you are dealing with devastating disease and how you have so much love and support

(3) Helen Dudden, February 28, 2019 3:30 PM


I have been spending time in a wheelchair, and I feel so inspired by your courage and the love of your family. May HaShem bless you all.

(2) Shaindel, February 28, 2019 3:12 PM


Wow, thanks for sharing your thoughts. This video gave me so much inspiration. I wish you continued strength and to always be able to inspire others.

(1) Raphy Garson, February 28, 2019 11:29 AM


Rabbi Yitzi
You are a hero and inspire so many across the globe.
Sending you much love and strength from Elstree in the United Kingdom.
Keep strong and smiling.


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