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Open Waters: Mikveh For Everybody

Editor's Note: This blog post originally appeared on the Mayyim Hayyim Blog, The Mikveh Lady Has Left the Building.

When I brought my 7th grade Rosh Hodesh group to Mayyim Hayyim, we learned about the aquatic lift meant to help someone with a disability use the mikveh. When our educator, Lisa Berman, asked the girls “Why might someone with a disability use the mikveh?” one girl promptly answered, “The same reason anyone else would use the mikveh!”

Rosh Hodesh Participants. Courtesy of Mayyim Hayyim

Passover Books For Young Readers

Anticipate the four questions and more, with these picture books for kids that use stories to share teachings and traditions, appreciation and celebration of the upcoming holidays

 “More than Enough: A Passover Story” by April Halprin Wayland, illustrated by Katie Kath. Courtesy of Dial Books

Rav Kasich, Talmudic Scholar

That newly-minted Talmudic scholar, John Kasich, explained to a group of ultra-Orthodox Jews at a matzo factory last week that the paschal lamb of Passover portends Jesus.

"The great link between the blood that was put above the lampposts (sic), the blood of the lamb, because Jesus Christ is known as the lamb of God.  It's his blood, we believe," JTA quoted the Ohio governor.

New York Voter Guide On Disability Issues

Editor's Note: Thanks to RespectAbilityUSA for sharing this important coverage of the Presidential election with us.

As voters prepare to head to the polls in New York, RespectAbility is releasing its New York Disability Voter Guide. The #PwDsVote 2016 Campaign Questionnaire was designed for people with disabilities (PwDs) and those who love them to know where candidates stand on the issues.

New York Disability Voter Guide. therespectabilityreport.org

Accessibility: Freedom To Be In Nature

Nearly two years have passed since I completed my national service as a guide with LOTEM in Jerusalem but every time that I return to guide a group, that amazing feeling of being part of something big comes back to me.  LOTEM’s outings to nature impact so many people with special needs and essentially give them the ability to experience a sense of normalcy--what they deserve as human beings who live in this beautiful world that surrounds us. 

Lotem participants. Courtesy of Lotem

Whose Example Will Bernie Follow?

What worries Democrats most about Bernie Sanders is what happens in the likely event he doesn't get the nomination.

The pundits, pros and party leaders admire how the Vermont senator has motivated so many people who had seemingly tuned out of politics, particularly young voters.  He had been given him chance of grabbing the gold ring, but the party wants him and his followers to carry that enthusiasm into November.  

From An Autism Mom: 5 Things I Know To Be True

Autism can be so unpredictable. There's no cure, there's not one widely agreed upon cause, and no two people with autism are exactly the same. I remember when my daughter was first diagnosed at 3 years old, I asked questions like "will she ever be fully independent? will she go to college? will she marry? will she drive a car?" Of course, no doctor or therapist could answer that with certainty- and I asked them all! It's funny to look back at that time and think about how important those things were to me then, and to realize how very unimportant they are to me today.

There are just too many things about autism that are variable and uncertain. However, here are five things I know to be true about autism:

Dani Gillman

Between Davka And Awkward

Last Friday afternoon, a group of eight neon yellow-clad dancers wound their way around half of Bryant Park as part of Tamar Ettun’s “Mauve Bird with Yellow Teeth Red Feathers Green Feet and a Rose Belly: Part YELLOW.”

Tamar Ettun and The Moving Company in Bryant Park. Caroline Lagnado

Our R-Rated Presidential Campaign

I don’t want my young granddaughters watching the television coverage of presidential campaign because so much is simply unsuitable for children. 

What should be a unique learning experience about American democracy in action has become an R-rated assault on the senses.

I've never seen one like this. Not Nixon's dirty tricks, not LBJ's daisy petals, not George H.W. Bush's Willy Horton (if you don't remember, Google them).

Family Values

Newt Gingrich, Bob Livingston and Dennis Hastert.

What do they have in common?

All three were Republican congressmen. 

All three were Speaker of the House or the designated speaker.

All three left Congress to trade on their public service to become very wealthy consultants and lobbyists.

All three preached high moral standards, the sanctity of marriage and family values.

They led the campaign to impeach President Bill Clinton, who offended their high moral values by having oral sex with a White House intern.

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