There is a young man who contributes several blogs to The Times of Israel. His name is Yishai Barr, a Jerusalemite, probably 16 or 17 years old but he writes in a very mature adult manner and his articles have always intrigued me.
All the more so because Yishai is autistic and has been subject to the challenges of autism all of his young life.
Instead of lamenting over his circumstances, Yishai writes on happy notes, sharing his varied interests with our readers. Recently he published an interesting article on the modern history of Israel Railways, illustrating it with photos he had taken of all the new railway stations serving many lines.
I feel a sense of pride when I read what he writes. With autism it must be difficult to coordinate his fingers to be steady on the keyboard. He puts so much of himself into his writing that I feel I have known him for a very long time. Unfortunately we have never met and I doubt that he is aware of my existence.
I do wish that we could meet one day. In spite of the difference in our ages I believe that we could become good friends, sharing our thoughts and ideas with one another.
There is an expression that says “when God closes a door, He opens a window”. Possibly the door has been closed for Yishai but his window is very much open and his brilliant thoughts fly in and out with the breeze. God has blessed him with an inquisitive mind, a mind that searches for new ideas and interests which he can share with his family, many friends, and thousands of readers. His command of the English language is amazing.
I have the impression that he is an avid reader as well as a dynamic writer. Perhaps, like me, he writes when the muse taps him on his wrist and directs him to the keyboard of his computer.
I look forward eagerly and with profound admiration for Yishai’s creativity and sharp mind. I hope that readers who may come across his articles would pay tribute to him by commenting on his written words.
May God continue to inspire him so that he, in turn, may continue to inspire us.