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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Roei Ben-Tolila Inspires Flatbush Students

On November 7, 2017, Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School students had the opportunity to hear from Roei Ben-Tolila, an astounding motivational speaker. He blew his audience away with just the story of his life. Roei, a wounded and paralyzed soldier from Israel, instead of completely just focusing on the negatives of this new challenge of paralyzation, decided to rise to the challenge and created a program for helping others. Roei set an amazing example for others about positivity in the worst case scenarios

“There is nothing you can’t do; there is many things you don’t want to do.” This quote inspired Roei in many ways, saying that it helped him understand that if you want to do something, there is nothing stopping you and that if you want to accomplish something, you must work for it. This quote applies to Roei and his time on a basketball team. Roei, even with his disability, was still able to play basketball- sitting down in his wheelchair. He was still able to achieve this goal even with being paralyzed. So like Roei himself pointed out- if you want something, you have to work towards it. So let it be said, there’s nothing you can’t do; there are many things you don’t want to do.
~Eva Cohen, Class of 2021