Take The Shot

The only failure is not trying.

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(108) Marilyn Schwack Shapiro, October 18, 2020 2:28 PM


My remembrance of this prayer is from my young childhood (I am now a senior citizen). My father had me say this every single day before getting out of bed.

(107) Richie, November 4, 2014 6:19 PM

Harary is a master!

Great message so empowering. Thanx!

(106) Anonymous, May 27, 2014 10:21 AM

Just fabulous ,this gives me new meaning to my daily prayers Thank you

(105) Anonymous, May 24, 2014 1:34 AM

In four minutes I got inspiration for the whole day.

(104) Anonymous, May 21, 2014 8:39 PM


brilliant speaker,

(103) Karen, May 18, 2014 11:10 PM

You couldn't have said it any better... The Modah Ani is my agreement every day to live each day as the best that I can. A promise to G_d's trust to carry on... Thank-you.

(102) aryeh magram, May 18, 2014 4:34 PM

You convinced me.

Thanks Charlie. Thanks for the reminder. And you're absolutely right. With G-d's help, we're going to get this thing done. G-d bless you אחי. Be'H, there are good things to come ...

(101) Alice, May 18, 2014 3:39 PM


Amazing video. Very inspiring. Such true words. Thank you for sharing your experience. Great advice for every situation in life.

(100) Harry Pearle, February 13, 2014 4:48 PM

Syracuse Wins 24 Straight Games with a Shot (EASY)

I was thinking of this inspiring video when I learned that Syracuse Univ. just won it's 24th straight game in the last four seconds! The shooter got two foul shots and at the last moment a three point shot to win the game.

Of course most of life is not about a few seconds of action, but at every moment we have an opportunity to change something, no matter how small.

I hope Charlie will say more on this and also use the EASY button in one of his videos... www.SavingSchools.org

(99) Debbie, February 6, 2014 10:29 AM

Thank you!

Thanks so much Mr. Harary, this was really beautiful and touching. The words of our Torah and davening are timeless

(98) Anonymous, January 6, 2014 4:30 AM

This was one of those clips where at the end I whispered "wow" to myself!

HW, February 2, 2014 10:46 PM

I also said "wow". Very powerful clip. Thanks & Blessings

(97) Anonymous, August 12, 2013 1:03 PM

Amazing dose of courage!

I am a father of five and I just want to say how much I appreciate this video, as it has inspired me to move forward in faith. Thank you so much Charlie!

(96) Lisa, December 30, 2012 2:13 PM

This one speaks to everyone!!!!!

Every person...every age ... Thanks for an amazing dose of chizuk!!

(95) Anonymous, November 25, 2012 12:25 AM

Great video.

Great video with a positive message, but throughout I wish I could of have told the presenter that the word is anyway--not anyways.

(94) R, August 26, 2012 11:55 AM

This is very crucial to know and understand well. I have repeated its message many times. I would like to show this film to my class. How can I save it on to a usb?

(93) Anonymous, August 7, 2012 9:27 PM

Seems to me this says it all

The fact that we wake up every day means a guess that we can do it.

(92) Anonymous, June 17, 2012 2:18 PM


i watch this video over n over every day and i get so much כח from it!! i love it! thank u so much.

(91) Anonymous, April 11, 2012 10:28 PM


This has motivated me to reach my limits! :)

(90) Anonymous, February 21, 2012 11:15 PM

I'm so inspired! Thank you,Mr. Harary and aish.com.

(89) Zev, September 26, 2011 7:13 PM

THink of this every day

My favorite video on Aish.com. I think of this EVERY morning as I say Modeh Ani.

(88) Esther Rochel, August 12, 2011 5:42 PM


Incredible! So inspiring and uplifting. :) Thank you!

(87) Richard Smith, August 9, 2011 10:15 PM

thank you

You make me feel good about myself...thank you

(86) Chana Tova, July 31, 2011 12:46 PM

great video

just great video useful to give to anyone in the world, and especially perfect for me today, Thank God for Aish and for your video staff

(85) mario bardales, July 18, 2011 11:10 PM

thank you.I feel realy motivated with this video.GOD bless you.

(84) Tanya, June 12, 2011 1:12 PM

Thank you Haray!!!!!

(83) Chris, March 31, 2011 11:55 PM

From A Gentile Believer

Thank you so much for this . . . It's always a humbling and sobering thing to hear that the Creator of the universe believes in me. I really need to get that into my spirit, not just my head. This video has helped me see just a little more that He loves me and is waiting for me to realize that I am His creation not my own. Bless you, Israel, your Jewish people, and most of all, the G_d of Abraham forever.

(82) Mordechal, March 31, 2011 1:00 AM

Truly amazing-B"H

Amazing video. It really makes you think.

(81) blesson thomas, March 26, 2011 2:08 AM

very true, take the shot..thanks 4 the video keep doing to inspire and change human minds...

(80) Anonymous, March 24, 2011 5:05 PM

quit your day job Charlie!

You are unbelievablly inspiring in these video appearances. Please continue your great work.

(79) Anonymous, March 23, 2011 1:10 AM

This video has changed my life....what an interesting percpective...it makes everything in life achievable. When placed in certain situations that seem impossible, this video has shown me to believe. thank you

(78) Dale, March 21, 2011 1:46 AM

Truly Inspiring

What a great way to begin and end each day by watching this video. It has enriched my life.

(77) Mitch, March 20, 2011 12:18 AM


Thanks for this inspiring message. It arrives at a very opportune time.

(76) Anonymous, March 3, 2011 5:36 PM

Truly inspiring message - todah raba!

Truly inspiring message - todah raba!

(75) Ranee, March 1, 2011 5:59 PM

The Shot, Wow!

This is great and every single High School kid should here this at least once! positive and uplifting!

(74) Louise, February 27, 2011 2:31 PM


BEAUTIFUL ...to not only think on but to apply daily: allowing God's instructions to become who we were created to be. Thank You

(73) Chana, February 27, 2011 12:53 AM

Knowing when to give up also takes courage

Your advice is inspirational to a degree but knowing when to quit and to find satifaction with what you have must eventually be a consideration. Eventually one has to grows up, and act responsibly. This means knowiing when to take a back seat. Specifically my 61 year old sister is always inspired by some new idea because she thinks she was born fo greatness. She has been through three marriages and has three children. . She gave birth to the twins at the age of 52 because she wanted to get a second chance since she screwed up the first child's life by being too busy for him. . She has always pursued her dreams and our entire family has been through the grist mill supporting her every whim only to have her come back repeatedly for both financial and moral support. Finally we decided to say that enough was enough. She vis obdurate and obsessed with her project to the point where she neglecting her 9 year old twins. This is not fair to them or us. It takes courage to call it quits, to tell yourself to stop looking for that pot of gold under the rainbow. This is why it would be nice if you put your insirational speeches in the context of behaving responsibly because the flip side of this doscussion also matters,

Nancy, July 15, 2016 11:50 AM

To commenter #73 Chana

You make an excellent point re: knowing when to walk away from a situation. I'm sorry your family has suffered so much. I think Charlie Hararay would be the first person to agree that we must strike a balance as we approach certain issues.

(72) Guy Hirsch, M.D., February 27, 2011 12:06 AM

Charlie, no Tikum Olam unless we all take the shot when the ball is passed our way. Well said; keep up your good works. Enjoyed your lectures at DATA.

(71) Anonymous, February 26, 2011 4:58 AM

This is really inspiring. God bless you!

(70) Adrian, February 25, 2011 10:31 AM

What can I say...

What can I say when you expose my short-comings. What a message - from you, where did you get your inspiration from, need I ask. HaShem of course. The Spirit of HaShem was speaking to me all the way through your message.

(69) Anonymous, February 25, 2011 3:25 AM

Really powerfull and meaning full message. I always look forward to your videos. Thank you.

(68) Anonymous, February 24, 2011 11:19 AM

Great!! Thank you you for passing this on.

(67) Anonymous, February 24, 2011 11:17 AM

Thank you for that wonderful you tube film.I hope to internalise the message of Take The Shot.Fantastic.

(66) Anonymous, February 23, 2011 5:37 PM

Fantastic video and message. Thank you so much for this Aish and Charlie Harary. Very inspirational and exactly what I needed to hear today.

(65) matthew, February 23, 2011 10:45 AM


just awesome! immediately one of my all-time favorites!

(64) Chana Yosefa, February 23, 2011 3:59 AM


What a great message. You delivered a wonderful and inspirational lesson. I will never think of "Modeh Ani" the same way ever again. Thank you so much! And yasher koach!

(63) B. Katz, February 22, 2011 4:35 PM

A great metaphor

Congratualtions on a great metaphor and brilliant lesson- will use for my own classes - but will practise on myself first!

(62) Anonymous, February 22, 2011 3:22 PM

After 51 years, You'd Think I Learn

next month I'll be 51, you'd think I would know this lesson. After all, my JV basketball days were over 35 years ago. It was just the lesson for me today. Thank you

(61) Yehuda Peiser, February 22, 2011 1:34 PM

Thank you for re-awakening this message. Thank you for grving a great illustrative example/application. The title will serve me well as a hook/handle that will keep the message hanging in my brain....to be sent to my "heart" when appropriate. Wishing you success - looking forward to the next production.

(60) Malka B., Feb. 22, 2011, February 22, 2011 9:41 AM

An injection of inspiration and strength

Thank you Charlie, it was said eloquently. The timing was great - your a fabulous messenger . You have raised me and I needed it badly.

(59) miri, February 22, 2011 8:43 AM


I am referred to as a FFB -- frum from birth . I had a wonderful Jewish Orthodox Education and was raised in an Orthodox home. However, I NEVER, EVER connected w/Modeh Ani in the way that you just showed me to. I vaccillate between being totally confident and totally insecure and sometimes, i dont even understand why i feel the different emotions at differents moments. However, after watching your video, I know that iyh, I will NEVER say Modeh Ani as a rote tefilah anymore. I will fight the yetzer hora that tells me that i cannot accomplish the things that i want to do,, or pass the tests/nisayons that Hashem continuously sends to me. I, bli neder< will remember your video and will wake up tomorrow morning knowing that although my father zl' and mother a'h are not here anymore to "believe in me", I have a much greater "COACH" , who indeed does love and believe in me and I know that my day will start in a very new and different way! thank you!!

(58) Eli Weinstein, February 22, 2011 6:39 AM


He just knows how to say things that just sparks a fire in you to be the best and be all you can be!!!

(57) R.M. Rosen, February 22, 2011 6:34 AM


A message that really hits home, great story. I thank you.

(56) Debbie N, February 22, 2011 5:00 AM

Baruch Hashem

Thank you for showing me this insight into the morning prayer I had never realized. It will guide me to greater things! Thank you!!!

(55) A, February 22, 2011 4:17 AM

ah... if I"m not believing in myself... He still does

unbelievable timing He does...

(54) Moshe, February 22, 2011 3:41 AM


(53) Sharon Roset, February 22, 2011 2:51 AM


Encouraging and inspiring. Thank you.

(52) Anonymous, February 22, 2011 2:21 AM

Appreciate the message..

I agree also with Mrs. Palatnik (comment (1))... Great inspiration.

(51) Joel, February 22, 2011 2:02 AM

Thank you

I've heard this concept previously, in the form of a quote from Wayne Gretzky, who said "you miss every shot you don't take". But I've never considered it in this way - that God is my coach and God has put me in this position or situation, and God has faith in me that I can make the shot. And who knows - what if it's not Gods will for me to make the shot. Doesn't matter - if I don't even try, then I'm letting God down, or I'm not living up to Gods will for me. Beautiful!

(50) Zvi H, February 22, 2011 1:00 AM

Superb lesson for all

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I will immediately email this to my 13 year old son who is great, but only he alone fails to recognize his G-d given potential. thank you!!!

(49) Tana, February 22, 2011 12:48 AM

Thank you!

Thank you for this pearl of wisdom. I couldn't have heard and seen it at a greater time!

(48) Leah Glaser, February 22, 2011 12:36 AM

Were there two guys with # 13 on their backs?

don't know much about b-ball, but I think each guy gets his own #! Oh, and the video was great! Incredible message!!! Another amazing job,

(47) Shoshana, February 22, 2011 12:27 AM


Your message is simple, direct and timely.

(46) Peg, February 21, 2011 11:35 PM


The video (teaching-Take the Shot) was wonderful. I really needed to hear that today. Rich blessings to you today and always.

(45) Haim Tabachnik, February 21, 2011 11:28 PM



(44) Anya Didziuk, February 21, 2011 10:46 PM

Beusutiful, powerful, wonderful and can make miracles Anya Dodziuk, Poland

(43) Mark Leaman, February 21, 2011 10:13 PM


Just at the right time, can you put Hebrew subs. Thanks

(42) Menucha, February 21, 2011 8:47 PM

never too late

Thank you Aish and Charlie for this beautiful and strong message. I watched it with my teenagers and we all loved it. I wish I had heard it decades ago!! Yashar Coach.

(41) Anonymous, February 21, 2011 8:29 PM

Charlie, you did it again!

It couldn't have come to me at a more opportune time. Thank you.

(40) Anonymous, February 21, 2011 7:56 PM

Charlie Harary has never failed to leave me feeling inspired after every single one of his videos. Words cannot express my gratitude for such amazing life lessons squeezed into such a short film. Charlie, thank you.

(39) Maayan, February 21, 2011 7:43 PM

this may sound familiar and trite...insPIRIng!

(38) June, February 21, 2011 7:32 PM

I really needed that!

That message helps to put things in perspective! I always feel like I don't have the confidence that I should have in what I have accomplished over the years.

(37) jerreal lively, February 21, 2011 7:29 PM

Thank you!!!!!!


(36) Anonymous, February 21, 2011 6:56 PM

Thank you.

Wow! That was beautifully put, very inspiring. If that doesn't raise your spirits, nothing can. Isn't it amazing we know to thank Hashem each morning, but we get caught up in such mind gobbledy-gook, stress of daily life occurances!

(35) Michael, February 21, 2011 6:44 PM

Thank you.

(34) Ella, February 21, 2011 5:56 PM


I have twin grandsons who I will show this video too. One especially is just as depicted and won't take the open shot when he can but will pass it off. I have printed off the prayer and will give it to them before their game today as a reminder to be confident in the confidence that God has in them. Rav Toldot!

(33) Yvonne Lowes-Bird, February 21, 2011 5:02 PM


What an edifying and inspiring video .....

(32) Alan, February 21, 2011 4:38 PM

Take the shot!

Wonderful...what can I say?...That's just a wonderful presentation in EVERY respect. Thanks.

(31) picovsky david, February 21, 2011 4:22 PM



(30) Chaya, February 21, 2011 4:18 PM

What an inspiring and encouraging message! I say Mode Ani every morning and never though of it from this perspective, now I will. I will also pass it on to otehrs so they can draw chizuk from it. Thank you Mr. Harary!

(29) Anonymous, February 21, 2011 3:42 PM

Super - really makes an impact!

This video really makes an impact. Well done, bravo!!

(28) Anonymous, February 21, 2011 3:42 PM

WOW! Charlie, this is a must see message for every individual in the world! Just beautiful & very inspiring.

WOW! Charlie, this is a must see message for every individual in the world! Just beautiful & very inspiring.

(27) vicky, February 21, 2011 3:42 PM

just inspiring...

(26) Hadassa, February 21, 2011 3:33 PM

Thank you so much !!! for reminding me..for who I am :)

(25) tal, February 21, 2011 3:14 PM

Quite inspiring!

(24) Anonymous, February 21, 2011 3:08 PM

Lori and Charlie ...

Thank you, both, for all you do ... for taking shot after shot ... to help us feel what's it really like to be in the big game. Today, I'm grateful I feel it ... thanks to both of you!

(23) David Chowes, February 21, 2011 2:54 PM

On: "Take the Shot"

Good for believers; mainly the placebo effect. For me: uh zug um veh!

(22) sharona, February 21, 2011 7:47 AM

we can

Beautiful words. G-d gives us the tools, we just need to trust we can do it. And we can with G-d's help

(21) Anonymous, February 21, 2011 6:38 AM

true and very inspiring!!!

(20) , February 21, 2011 4:32 AM

Terrific Charlie! The Ultimate Coach does NOT make mistakes. You have given my wife and me a good shot in the arm--a new set of confidence. Let's remeber the Master of the universe has abundant confidence in us. Yaasher koach to you Charlie! Sandy & Chana Goodman

(19) Linda, February 21, 2011 12:45 AM

the first thing

The first thing I did was call my 17 yr. old son to watch this with me.The intensity of his attention told me I did the right thing. Thank you Charlie, you are reaching cross generationally.

(18) marie, February 20, 2011 10:06 PM


Charlie, you did it again not only did you inspire me to become grate but also help me transfer the message to others- and for someone who loves basketball it hit the spot loved it!!!!

(17) Anonymous, February 20, 2011 8:48 PM

After all these years, an explanation !

This person wonders why after "being forced" to memorize this awakening prayer back in "Aleph class" about 50 yrs ago, I had never heard any rabbi or teacher or "Jewish educator" give an explanation of this short easy to remember daily prayer since then. What a nice thing to realize with a more mature adult mind now. Comprehension is not the same at age 7 as it is in adulthood. Thank you.

(16) Rimmer, February 20, 2011 7:46 PM

Thank you Charlie! This is an excellent message, excellently presented!

(15) Anonymous, February 20, 2011 7:16 PM

You are the one

Charlie. Don't wait to pass go. Don't collect 100 dollars. Please save the Jewish people. now.

(14) Sam Omekara, February 20, 2011 6:12 PM

The ultimate words of wisdom

This video changed the perception of a gentile about his potential. Yes,I can do all things through Him who made me in His image. Charlie, watch out for my story down the road.

(13) Avigayil s, February 20, 2011 5:48 PM

one word: wow!

that was amazing... completely reshaped the way i think about modeh ani and i think that now will have alot more cocentration each day when saying that morning prayer! thank you for the dose of inspiration!

(12) Ari, February 20, 2011 4:09 PM

Very inspiring

Thank you for this inspiring message.

(11) Darlene, February 20, 2011 3:34 PM


Charlie, this was one of your best. Everyone should listen to / watch this clip. I don't know what Lori is referring to but she's write that even the author of great words should review his own wisdom. I hope your words give many that "push" to believe in themselves and the energy to follow thorugh on that belief. Thank you.

(10) Yaakov, February 20, 2011 3:24 PM


Very timely message for me...thank you.

(9) Anonymous, February 20, 2011 3:22 PM

Thanks Charlie! I needed to hear this! I always love your video blogs but this one was the best one yet! Thanks again!

(8) Rosen, February 20, 2011 3:18 PM

no such thing as "all or nothing"

There is really no such thing as "all or nothing" when it comes to trying. I know there was an earlier video from Aish.com that had the late Rav. Noah Weinberg's words of wisdom, and one poignant thing in that video was that saying one can't is idolatry. So, for sure, it's a mitzvah to try and make an effort (even if it means forcing one's self out of reluctance or hesitence), which I learned is mentioned in Ethics of the Fathers.

(7) Bracha, February 20, 2011 2:50 PM

This man is amazing!

I have tears in my eyes watching this video. Charlie is amazing. He gives it over so powerfully. Thank you for the best video I've ever seen.

(6) Anonymous, February 20, 2011 2:42 PM

Thank you

Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are so right on. With everything else you have to do, you take the time to do these videos for us. You are changing lives, especially mine, with the right word at the right time. Thanks again. ( And if Lori says go for it, GO FOR IT! Hatzlacha Rabah!) Ellen

(5) mike, February 20, 2011 2:39 PM

it's easier to pass the ball

when i was younger many times i felt and acted the way charlie did at the basketball game. the pressure of shooting the ball, my belief that i couldn't score and the fear of setting myself up for failure made me pass the ball whenever the game was close. it was easier not to shoot than miss-that's the point! thankfully, my dad encouraged me to practice, gain the confidence to take the shot and not second guess myself once the ball was in the air. as a kid i thought it was only a basketball lesson. i wasn't as smart as i thought! thanks dad

(4) , February 20, 2011 2:31 PM

The most amazing lesson I ever herd, I will listen to this over and over

(3) Michal, February 20, 2011 2:04 PM

"rabah emunatecha"

-This came right for me! Apparently I am loosing my emuna. I once knew how to do it, but nowadays the thought kreeps into my mind: "I can't do that anymore, because I am too old, not healthy as I once was. And dont't remember: "When Hashem thinks, I can do it, I should forget those excuses and do what I can. I am grateful for that little film!!!

(2) lisa, February 20, 2011 1:53 PM

Hey..where are your cool glasses??

My kids are in sports....championship games are coming up......so not only was this film packed with confidence and excitement , it was also timely...as if you knew!! We can all bring your message into our lives...even without a basketball or a hockey puck.......thank you as always for your refreshing videos that always make a home run!!

(1) Lori Palatnik, February 20, 2011 11:12 AM

We need to listen to our own video blogs.

Charlie, your ears must have been burning today. Hashem wants you to take that big "shot", and He knows you can succeed. Please watch your video blog again with "you know what" in mind.


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