March 3, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm #591341
I think we should have a nice topic about who inspires us. Could be someone well known, or the average person who we admire and look up to.March 3, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm #696272
what inspires me is seeing jews act in an appropriate manner, and children speaking with kavod to their parents, teachers, and friends.
sorry for the hard core response, but i had a hard day at work.March 3, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm #696273
Mentors who despite having gone through terrible yisurim go on and not only lead successful lives, but use their experiences to inspire others. Teens in crisis need people they can relate to and look up to. Chicago has one such person as does almost every city.
They are an inspiration to me and this helps me get through rough days.March 3, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm #696274
Anon, I agree. It’s nice to see people respecting each other.
Art, that’s like R’ Wallerstein 🙂March 3, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm #696275
My father, who has always worked like a dog to support his family, without ever once complaining.March 4, 2010 12:53 am at 12:53 am #696276
First and foremost my late parents O”H inspired me and continue to do so. Any mailos I might have are 100% because of them (but any chesronos I have chalilah, are decidedly NOT their fault). Their ongoing acts of chessed even until virtually their death, were known primarily to us, but also to my father’s patients who often could not pay him, but were never turned away. My mother’s hachnosas orchim was so gracious and generous, you felt like family even if you were a newcomer to our home, and that is how I try to pattern my own home.
After my parents, and without making reference to rabbonim or specific Gedolim, because that should go without saying – I am also inspired by my children, and even by my very young eineklach, whose temimus helps me to always look at things in a fresh way when I am with them.March 4, 2010 3:44 am at 3:44 am #696277
I see a good quality in nearly everyone I meet, and this inspires me to maintain my belief in our collective capacity for fulfilling our respective national missions in this world.March 4, 2010 3:53 am at 3:53 am #696278
tomim tihye- you inspire me!March 4, 2010 3:54 am at 3:54 am #696279
aww that is so nice of youMarch 4, 2010 3:55 am at 3:55 am #696280
Goody, your back atlastMarch 4, 2010 3:58 am at 3:58 am #696281
For the sake of the other posters please keep your unrelated conversation to the Shmooze threadMarch 4, 2010 4:01 am at 4:01 am #696282
i was serious- it is a very good middah to see good in everybody, that prevents alot of aveiros like loshon hora, sinaas chinom, onoas devorim, etc.March 4, 2010 4:02 am at 4:02 am #696283
ok it is very nice that a man you find on the internet inspires youMarch 4, 2010 4:03 am at 4:03 am #696284
Goody, see the good in the GreeceMarch 4, 2010 4:05 am at 4:05 am #696285
huh? okay the people who inspire me are the ones who do what they know is right while everyone else is doing the oppositeMarch 4, 2010 3:28 pm at 3:28 pm #696293
Do the Greeks not have a mission?March 5, 2010 3:54 am at 3:54 am #696294
I can only tryMember
Rav Meir of Rothenberg.
Captured and held for ransom by an evil king, he refused to let himself be redeemed because he was concerned that others would then be captured and held for ransom. He died in prison after several years.
Rav Aharon Kotler.
The existence of the thriving frum community of Lakewood, NJ and its huge bais medrash where thousands upon thousands learned are solely due to his establishing the yeshiva there.
Eli Cohen, who lived for years in deep cover, rising in rank within Syrian society and government, all the while spying for Israel and proving valuable information that saved lives in the Six-Day-War. He knew that discovery meant certain death, and he endured extended periods away from his family. He was captured when Syria traced his radio signal, and subsequently hanged.
Chaim Smadar, a security guard who willingly sacrificed his own life to save a supermarket full of people. He could have saved himself, but instead grabbed and held a suicide bomber before she could enter the store, telling her “You are not coming in here. You and I will blow up here.”
Pat Tillman, a professional football player, turned down millions of dollars that he would have made as a professional athlete to enlist in the army and fight for his country. He became a member of the elite Army Rangers, and later died in the line of duty in Afghanistan due to friendly fire.
(the above is just a small sample)March 5, 2010 7:04 am at 7:04 am #696295
sm29 just wondering who inspired you? What type of impact did it have on your life?March 5, 2010 9:37 am at 9:37 am #696296
Aharon Karov and his wife Tzviyah.
Yerai shamayim, risked his life for his fellow Jews, had his face blown off by a bomb in Aza two weeks after his wedding. His miraculous recovery process and his no less miraculous determination in this painful and frightening period, his total faith in the Almighty, his devotion to his young wife and her devotion to him, are an inspiration to all. Simply put, mesiras nefesh for am yisrael is not lip service to him, it is reality.March 5, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am #696297
I have a friend Judy who is so busy doing real things and always has time to help others. She took in a very disabled girl for 6 weeks to help out her parents. Ten years later she still has her. She works full time with disabled young adults and thinks nothing of bringing them to her house to give parents respite. She has always been there for me and so for many others.March 5, 2010 9:27 pm at 9:27 pm #696298
estherh, now THAT is inspiring!March 5, 2010 9:30 pm at 9:30 pm #696299
Actually all of these stories are having a truly profound impact on me.March 5, 2010 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm #696300
Thanks everyone for these inspiring stories
My girlfriends inspire me
And Mrs Lori Palatnik
And like others mentioned above, those who make a positive impact on othersSeptember 15, 2010 1:40 pm at 1:40 pm #696301
my mother inspired me to be a mensch no matter how everyone else around you is acting.she inspired me to feel real compassion for every human being,and to tolerate other people’s irksome habits which are not their fault(emphasis on not their fault)for example,people with poor hygiene,or who involuntarily spit on you when they talk,or who repeat themselves often,etc.it’s easier said than done but it keeps one humble and kind.she was niftar at age 50,and i wish she was alive today.September 15, 2010 2:24 pm at 2:24 pm #696302
I’M INSPIRED B Y THE MODERATORS OF YW,ESPECIALLY MOD -80September 15, 2010 2:46 pm at 2:46 pm #696303
Capt.Roi Klein – who was killed al kidush HaSh-m in the second Lebanon War by jumping on a hezbollah grenade to save the lives of his chevra – while shouting Shema Yisrael.
BUT – I am inspired by him NOT just for this ultimate act of self-sacrifice…
I am inspired because he was, though in appearance, just a mild-mannered, kipa seruga, “regular guy”, he was, in fact, a TRUE tzadik.
His entire life was about learning Torah, LIVING Torah, doing chesed, loving Hash-m, loving Am Yisrael, loving Eretz Yisrael.
His final act was NOT an isolated one, but the culmination of all that he was, and what we should ALL aspire to be.
Yehi zichro baruch.
Hash-m yikom damo.September 15, 2010 4:22 pm at 4:22 pm #696304
I’m inspired when I see young children or teens doing sincere acts of chessed and having good Middos or when I see some seniors devotion to Hashem how real their observance and connection to Hashem is.September 15, 2010 5:58 pm at 5:58 pm #696305
my rebbetzins here in e”y, most of whom have gone through at least one MAJOR tzara in their lives and are still amazing amazing amazing people!!
and my grandmother, who raised me even though that entailed being not only mother, father, and grandmother, but also a diplomat – she had to avoid fire and brimstone pouring over her from the rest if the family while she did what she knew was best for me, not the most comfortable for her.
and my parents, who always do the best they can. that was not a backhanded compliment. life really is hard for them and they still rise above.September 15, 2010 6:36 pm at 6:36 pm #696306
I might add a certain Rebbe I had years ago who was childless and in his 50s at the time I had him. He was one of the happiest most accepting loving people I ever met. When someone told me he didnt have children I was shocked. Shocked! He totally looked like he had the best life and nothing could possibly be wrong. A real Tzaddik and an example of accepting everything Hashem does and saying Letav Avid.September 15, 2010 7:47 pm at 7:47 pm #696307
yes, i know someone like that too. a few actually. they’re not normally amazing ppl…September 15, 2010 8:47 pm at 8:47 pm #696308
I am inspired by hearing touchy music from MBD.September 15, 2010 9:21 pm at 9:21 pm #696309
Exactly. Certain gives us something to aspire to.September 15, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm #696310
My parents – who taught me how important tzedakah is.September 16, 2010 12:54 am at 12:54 am #696311
My parents- none of their children-in-law have anything mean to say about them. Now that’s inspiring!September 19, 2010 2:57 pm at 2:57 pm #696312
People who are always kind to others no matter what.
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