Wednesday, September 24, 2014 / Views

“Special” Does Not A Disability Make

By Sharon Shapiro-Lacks, Executive Director Yad HaChazakah – JDEC (Published in the “Building Blocks” supplement of The Jewish Press, June 28, 2013.) As a woman who has lived with Cerebral Palsy all my life, I pay close attention to the terminology that is applied to people with disabilities. Words such as “invalid,” “cripple,” “dumb,” or “retard” have always hurt me …Read more >

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 / Views

Reflections on Reelablities at Yad HaChazakah

Reflections on Reelablities at Yad HaChazakah by Lynne Cassouto, Board Treasurer On Sunday, March 9, 2014, Yad HaChazakah-The Jewish Disability Empowerment Center participated in the Sixth Annual Reelabilities Film Festival, screening four compelling and thought provoking films in our Brooklyn offices. The films were presented in two sessions, each consisting of one short and one feature-length film, followed by Q …Read more >

Monday, May 13, 2013 / Views

Finding Our Way to Sinai

Finding Our Way to Sinai By R. Michael Levy, Board Member of Yad HaChazakah and Director of Travel Training, NYCT During our seven-week journey towards receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai, our tradition has challenged us to deepen our Torah learning, and to purify our character through the mystical power of counting the Omer.  Rabbi Moshe Weinberg suggests another type …Read more >

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 / Views

Trust in G-d Requires Action

By Rabbi Michael Levy, Board Member of Yad HaChazakah and Director of Travel Training, NYCT In the Haftarah for Shabbat Behar-Bechukotai, the prophet Jeremiah presents a very elaborate analogy (Chapter 17, verses 5-9): “Thus says G-d – Cursed is the person who trusts in man, and makes (mere) flesh his source of support, and turns his heart away from G-d.  …Read more >

Thursday, April 11, 2013 / Views

“Disability” vs “Special Needs”

(Appeared on the Jewish Week’s “The New Normal Blog”  April 11, 2013 “Words simultaneously reflect and reinforce our attitudes and perceptions; words shape our world.” – Kathie Snow, “The Case Against ‘Special Needs’” As a person who has met life with a significant level of cerebral palsy, and as a lover of words and their nuances, I have, throughout my …Read more >

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