Blind To The Rights Of The Disabled

Why guide dogs should be allowed at the Western Wall.
09/30/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Sixty blind people with guide dogs recently toured the Old City of Jerusalem. Despite the eternal darkness they experience, they were flooded with light. Touching the stones of the Jewish Quarter brought tears to their sightless eyes. However, they could not approach the prayer site sanctified by a myriad of Jewish tears over the millennia, since Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, who holds the title of rabbi of the Western Wall, has ruled that the Western Wall plaza is off limits to all types of animals — guide dogs included.

The author urges Western Wall plaza officials to uphold human rights doctrine as well as Jewish tradition.

Jewish Guild Healthcare To Merge With Lighthouse International

09/16/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

A venerable non-sectarian nonprofit organization with Jewish roots is merging with another group in the hope of creating  a model for other, similar organizations around the world.

Compassion Can Be Discrimination: Sign The Petition Against Subminimum Wages

Most theological references to people with disabilities portray us as broken people in need of healing who are dependent on the benevolence of others. Also, most faith traditions have a moral imperative to seek salvation by caring for the less fortunate, and people with disabilities, being deemed less fortunate, are therefore tokens for that salvation. The false perception of brokenness, coupled with the misapplied moral edict, results in a “compassionate discrimination” that limits the potential of every person with a disability.

Anil Lewis
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