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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 >

Monday, September 24, 2012 / Views

Meeting the Religious Needs of ALL Students: An Op-Ed

By Jay Ruderman Dear Friends, I am writing to share with you my op-ed from last week’s Albany Times-Union. It addresses the legal right of all children to attend the private schools that reflect their families’ religious beliefs and traditions—including children with special educational needs. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the subject in the comment boxes below. …Read more >

Thursday, June 28, 2012 / Views

Study Reveals Communal Ignorance

New Population Study Reveals Communal Ignorance, Spotlights Need for Change by jayruderman By Guest Blogger Jason Lieberman, disability advocate and Vice President and Treasurer of Matan: For Every Child. For Every Community. The Gift of Jewish Learning, who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at 11 months. While earning a BA in American Studies, I learned the importance of community studies and censuses as …Read more >

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