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Jan 11, 2019, 7:06 PM
But What Did They Look Like?
I have an ambivalent relationship to the Talmud. I do not have a gemara kup, i.e., the kind of mind that has the ability to follow the enormous multitude of 10-step back-and-forth logical argument. Nor do I have the patience. Only...
Nov 6, 2018, 7:50 PM
Belonging, not inclusion: A lesson from Cecil and David Rosenthal
Inclusion. Inclusion. Inclusion. We hear this word constantly in relation to people with disabilities and their participation in our communities' religious and social life. Inclusive programming, inclusive shabbatons, inclusive classrooms, inclusive summer camps. Inclusion has become the be-all-end-all for...
Nov 1, 2018, 9:52 AM
The Amazing Duck with Down Syndrome
(Daniel, an 8-year-old with Trisomy 21, writes and hosts his own forum at The Baby Blogs. His mother, Nicole, posts his work for him on her space here at TOI. The following is his writing.) We were in the last moments of...
Oct 26, 2018, 4:07 PM
Misplaced Expectations? The Confusion Between Bright and Gifted Children
Recently, a lot of attention has been paid to gifted education in Israel. Although gifted programs were first established in the country over 45 years ago, only about a third of Israeli children eligible to attend gifted programs are...
Oct 26, 2018, 12:43 AM
Meet Haifa People: a visit to an art studio
Shulamit and I met at the open studio day in her home-based studio. It felt like going back to a place I already knew. This place was strangely familiar to me. I have been following her studio’s social media accounts...
Oct 18, 2018, 9:09 PM
Pardon me, Your Chesed Is in the Way (of My Tzedek)
The story is told of a stately Israeli 'Rebbetzin' who was heading home on the bus after a trip to the supermarket. After she stepped off of the bus with all of her packages, she asked some young seminary...
Oct 4, 2018, 7:30 PM
The Right to Walk Again
There are an estimated 6 million wheelchair users in the United States and Europe, some of whom could walk again if insurance carriers would approve the cost of coverage for a device innovated in Israel. Not only would underwriting...
Charles E. Savenor
Sep 30, 2018, 9:02 AM
When we speak of inclusion in a spiritual community, the prophet Isaiah’s aspiration that “God’s house shall be a place for all people” is often mentioned. While Isaiah challenges us to be welcoming, it is not always clear how...
Sep 7, 2018, 6:08 PM
Home Health Aide
Once upon a time, not long ago, an elderly couple experienced cascading health emergencies; fortunately, they found a health care aide who provided the support they needed at each stage of their inevitable decline. Now this was not an ordinary...
Aug 29, 2018, 9:43 PM
Dogs Improve Lives of Muscular Dystrophy Kids, Says Israel’s ‘Little Steps’
KFAR SABA — For children with Duchenne or Becker muscular dystrophy, having a specially trained dog doesn’t just relieve their loneliness. These service dogs also help patients in dozens of practical ways, doing everything from taking off shoes to...