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Sunday, August 14, 2016 / Views

TODAY IS TISHA B’AV – WHERE IS OUR CONSCIOUSNESS?

I am fortunate to have a computer and to go to various websites, such as Torah Anytime and Orthodox Union and to listen to great Rabbanim grieve the destruction of our Beis HaMikdash and the ramifications. AT THE SAME TIME I GRIEVE that there is no consciousness that thousands of people with HEARING OR OTHER AUDIO-PROCESSING DISABILITIES CANNOT ACCESS THE …Read more >

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 / Views

NO PITY, NO PEDESTAL: A DISABILITY DOES NOT MAKE SOMEONE SPECIAL

Friday, July 10, 2015 / Views

Not So Special: My Bar Mitzvah Year, 50 Years Later

By Rabbi Michael Levy, Board President (originally written for the Jewish Week’s New Normal blog, May 26, 2015) In 1965, the phrase “special needs” hadn’t yet been coined. I felt just like the other 15 students — excited about our Bar Mitzvahs, but bored by the four hours of preparation each week. Boys Will Be Boys We found various diversions …Read more >

Thursday, April 2, 2015 / Views

The Four Sons through a Disability Lens

by Rabbi Michael Levy, Board President   In your mind’s eye, look around at those with whom you have celebrated past Seders. A contemplative girl is full of incisive questions. “How could a respected family in Egypt so quickly become an enslaved nation?  Why was Pharaoh so stubborn?” There’s The Squirmer.  If he doesn’t declare outright that he’d rather not be at …Read more >

Thursday, September 25, 2014 / Views

The RCA: Moving Towards a Mandate

[The following piece appeared on the Ruderman Family Foundation blog on September 16, 2014.] “Check this Out!” appeared in the subject line on an email to me by Rabbi Barry Kornblau, Director of Member Services from the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA). My heart pounding with anticipation, I double clicked the subject line. It was a press release entitled “Disabled …Read more >

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