Hashem works in interesting ways. In the middle 1990s, I had a really good psychotherapist who went for another job and I was broken up about it. Mom had her own health issues and it also bothered her that I lost a therapist we really trusted. I was depressed and Mom wanted to cheer me up.
It was Chanukah time and she was out shopping at the Roosevelt Mall in Northeast Philadelphia and there was a Radio Shack that was having a grand opening sale. They were selling radios and Walkmans and knowing my love for music, she thought, “This will cheer Phyllis up.”
Israel-born magician Asi Wind overcame dyslexia to become mentalist.
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While scientists have disproved the idea that we use only 10 percent of our brainpower, there is no question that we could do much more with the mental equipment that we have. Just ask the Israeli-born magician Asi Wind, who is presenting a new show, “Concert of the Mind: Exceeding Human Limits” through Oct. 30 at the Axis Theatre in the West Village (1 Sheridan Square; $49, www.axiscompany.org).
I have a disability (dyslexia) and could not really read or write until I was twelve. I remember vividly how people called me "stupid" and worse. I found my strength in my connection to G-d and the Jewish people. Over time, I learned to adapt and be strong. Judaism and the Jewish people (and my family) gave me that gift.