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Friday, September 21, 2018 / Views

Sukkot, Ushpizin, and Disability Inclusion

[Written for Chabad.org, ] As we approach our Creator throughout the month of Elul, coronate Him on Rosh Hashanah and cry out to him during Yom Kippur, we turn increasingly inward to reflect upon who we are and who we’d like to become. We strive to draw closer to G‑d, change for the better, treat everyone with respect, and start …Read more >

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

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