Play Your Unique Music

What difference do we really make in the big scheme of things?

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Comments (25)

(24) Devorah, March 16, 2017 9:20 PM


Thank you for sharing a profound truth we often forget in these times. I appreciate your joyful and sincere video.

(23) Taylor Ehrenfeld, March 11, 2016 2:29 AM


(22) Anonymous, March 10, 2016 3:16 PM

Powerful Lesson

Yes!! how true... whatever we are doing- even if it doesnt look impressive to other people, The CONDUCTOR knows were completing the symphony!

(21) Mike Tawil, March 8, 2016 6:42 PM


Wow, this was amazing
I love the high energy- the music, pictures and the speaker's pace I can't wait to share this and to see more great videos like this on this website

(20) Anonymous, March 4, 2016 1:07 AM


This video gave me such confidence in my skills and abilities. It taught me that I have a unique mission; theres something I need to do that noone else can do!

(19) Jonathan H., March 3, 2016 2:23 PM


Exacellent job!! Where can I find longer lectures and classes of yours?

(18) anastasia, March 2, 2016 4:31 PM

Bravo !

(17) Max, March 2, 2016 1:57 AM

This is my favorite video so far from!!

(16) Yosef Mizrachi, March 2, 2016 12:44 AM

This was great!

What a profound idea, great presentation, and talented speaker!

(15) PLG, March 1, 2016 5:54 AM

I shared this inspirational Aish video with my family and we all loved it! Thank you!

(14) Tarun, February 29, 2016 8:02 PM

What Rabbi says is very true....especially the last few lines where he says it's upto us to discover what we can accomplish. We are alive for a reason and we all have a purpose to serve in this life. It's our responsibility to discover our life purpose. I must say that Rabbi is a great orator. Very Impressive! Nice post!

(13) Anonymous, February 29, 2016 5:26 PM


The Conductor of the universe! Love it!!

(12) Rafael, February 29, 2016 4:52 PM

It is a romantic vision of G-d's orchestration

Many of us were meant for sacrifice and slaughter in the past .
"Tusk" also used atonal harmony to add tension and dissonance.
Which one of us was destined to be the dissonant note ?The dark side of society ? It is common knowledge that G-d wrote his symphony with favorite notes juxtaposed with ugly ones intentionally .
Should we celebrate with joy the wonderful Jewish people that died in the Hollacaust because they had a purpose ... To be horribly slaughtered ! Who wants to volunteer for this ?
We may be slated for a purpose however we may not like it and it may not be beautiful .

Anonymous, March 1, 2016 1:27 PM

You are mistaken

Dissonance is music is essential to harmony. Harmonics are created because there is dissonance. In fact, the tension that dissonance creates makes all the resolution and harmony that much more beautiful.

The same is true, and is hinted to in the Haggadah. The Haggadah begins with a reminder that our ancestors were once idolaters, Why mention that low? Start at the point we become free? The answer lies in the above: dissonance creates harmony, tension makes the resolution sweeter. Our past makes the redemption sweeter, more fantastic, and more an expression of G-d in the world. The world is a world of Emes - Aleph, Mem, Tes. We only know the beginning from history, and we're in the moment - the mem. We don't see the Tes - the end result - when everything is revealed that G-d is Emes and the Torah - His will is Emes - the realization of all that is in the world comes to its culmination is all beautiful, and expression of G-d's glory. However we don't see that, for us its just mem - the moment, and for us it seems disconnected from the future - the part we don't see. Everything from Hashem's perspective is noted in detail and has its purpose and from our perspective we don't see it, our job is nonetheless to realize that the dissonance in the world makes for a beautiful symphony that will ultimately reach its climax and resolution and Hashem will be the there to acknowledge the standing ovation that it was all worth it. The fact that everything in this world has a purpose, is intrinsically Tov - good and its culmination - beautiful!

(11) Phillip Stern, February 29, 2016 3:32 PM

An amazing video and powerful message!

(10) J.J., February 29, 2016 4:01 AM

Superb job! Great story!

(9) Ari, February 29, 2016 2:34 AM

Response to Mr. Solon

If I had facebook, I would have responded directly to Paul Solon.... Mr. solon, having heard Rabbi Cohen speak in person, I can tell you that not only is he unique as a speaker, but is probably the best speaker I have ever listened to. I cant understand why you take issue with him being "polished" or "rehearsed"... Arent those qualities that are specifically needed to be a successful speaker? He inspired our entire shul when he spoke... Your comment has no validity.

(8) Tzippy, February 28, 2016 11:44 PM

Amazing . Heard it before. Great to hear it again. Very inspiring

(7) Anonymous, February 28, 2016 11:35 PM

Thank you

Thank you, Rabbi Cohen, for this video. I have just started a blog to pursue, or step into, my gift of writing. I needed encouragement that G-d is with me in it.

(6) rifka, February 28, 2016 11:05 PM

But we don't even have our own sheet music (much less anyone else's) so while we have certain guidelines for living (torah and mitzvos) we don't know what notes to play in what order. How does this work if we don't know what we're each supposed to do? A drama, too, cannot be performed if one character is missing, but if I don't know my lines, it doesn't really help that I'm there.

Are we just supposed to improvise all the time? That's no symphony.

(5) Aish Tamid, February 28, 2016 10:58 PM

You inspired me!

Thank you Aish for inspiring me and reminding me that every small action matters!

(4) Steph, February 28, 2016 10:39 PM

Fabulous!! Maybe do a follow up video on how to discover your unique path!

(3) Ellie P., February 28, 2016 8:53 PM


What a wonderful parable! Everyone needs to see this- a key lesson for life!

(2) Ellie P., February 28, 2016 8:51 PM


(1) Tova Saul, February 28, 2016 7:37 PM

Thank you so much!

This was a GREAT story about the violin player. If I can keep it in mind, it will comfort me when i constantly ask myself if my efforts in life have been "worth enough".


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