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Posted: Tue, 12/06/2016 - 10:08 | Posted by: Melinda Jones | The New Normal
Melinda Jones

It came to pass when Isaac was old, and his eyes were too dim to see, that he called Esau his elder son, and he said to him, "My son," and he said to him, "Here I am." [Genesis Chapter 27:1}

Isaac’s problem with his vision is the first time that we confront an overt disability in the Torah. (The first mentioned disability is infertility, but this is a “hidden disability”). So it’s not surprising that there have been a number of different responses to Isaac’s blindness and explanations proffered about how and why Isaac was afflicted in this way.  In these responses we can see a range of different perspectives on disability that are commonly held and which inform the various ways we view disability.

Posted: Thu, 12/01/2016 - 15:22 | Posted by: JTA | The New Normal
raeli synagogues and communities will mark Accessibility Shabbat this week. Screenshot/Youtube Tzohar

Israeli synagogues and communities will mark Accessibility Shabbat to call attention to the needs of the disabled community within Jewish tradition and in Jewish institutions.

Posted: Wed, 11/30/2016 - 07:13 | Posted by: Steven Eidelman | The New Normal
UN International Day of People With Disabilities. Courtesy of the UN

U. N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marks December 3rd as the International Day of People with Disabilities

"We mark this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the wake of the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  This global blueprint for action summons us to 'leave no one behind'."

If his words come to fruition it will be a leap forward for people with disabilities, their families and their communities. There are about 7 billion of us on this planet, one billion of who have some form of disability.  About 10% of people with disabilities worldwide are children and 80% of people with disabilities live in the developing world.

Posted: Tue, 11/29/2016 - 09:13 | Posted by: Ruti Regan | The New Normal
#MatanChat. Courtesy of Matan

Posted: Fri, 11/18/2016 - 11:00 | Posted by: Frances Victory | The New Normal
Dr. Francis Victory

With 2017 approaching, it is a good moment to stop and take inventory of the people in our lives. Each person that comes into our life plays some kind of important role. Our relationships define who we are. The saying goes “You are the company that you keep.” Some of the people in our lives are warm, loving, caring, supportive and help get us to where we want to be while other individuals can make our lives complicated, stressful, toxic and don’t help get us anywhere besides heartache and headache. 

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