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Monday, October 10, 2016 / Views

“DISABILITY” EMPOWERS US; “SPECIAL NEEDS” WEAKENS US

(Written for The Jewish Press‘ Building Blocks Magazine, September 2016) “Special needs” terminology is insidiously poisonous.  This euphemism seems innocuous, but, in actuality, it corrodes and undermines the very strides for dignity, respect, and equality for which disability activists have crawled up the U.S. Capitol steps, effected the longest Federal agency sit-in in American history, and undergone arrests for civil …Read more >

Thursday, October 6, 2016 / Views

Sailing Up The River Of Time: Transitioning To The New Year

Sailing Up The River Of Time: Transitioning To The New Year,  Jewish Week’s New Normal Blog, September 30, 2016 Rabbi Michael Levy During the High Holiday Season (October 2-12,) we picture God as weighing the merits and misdeeds of individuals and nations on a Celestial Scale. For more than two thousand years, we have implored our Creator for mercy, even …Read more >

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 >

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