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 >

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 / Views

Stigma: A Barrier to Rewarding Relationships

(As published in the Mind, Body, and Soul Section of the Jewish Press, May 25, 2012) Why do frailty and differences in other people often scare us?  They scare us because we see a reflection of what we fear in ourselves or because we just don’t know how to respond. Since we can’t live with this discomfort for too long, …Read more >

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