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Advice For Biden

I have two words of caution for Vice President Joe Biden as he considers making a third run for the presidency.  I'll get to them shortly.

It can be intoxicating to see the polls and pundits saying more people would vote for him than Hillary Clinton or anyone else on the Democratic side, especially after his dismal previous attempts in 1988 and 2008, but the Veep should be wary about such early indicators.

Strands Intertwined And A Yom Kippur Dream

Have you ever had a vivid dream more meaningful than real events? Such was my Yom Kippur dream over fifty years ago.

In the dream, I stood next to my father in Temple Beth El in Asbury Park, NJ. The congregation was reciting the Al Chet "For the sin which we have committed before You" Yom Kippur prayer.

As I recited each sin, I struck my chest lightly as I had been taught. My feet felt the floor slanting down towards the front row. The choir, supported by the organ, was holding one long continuous note. It was my most spiritual moment of the year.

Notes written by Rabbi Levy's father. Courtesy of Michael Levy

Trump Proves He's No Mensch

Sen. John McCain may have been in a tough political fight with Barack Obama in 2008 but that didn't prevent him from showing what a real mensch he is by putting down a supporter who claimed the Democratic candidate was an Arab. 

Donald Trump. Via redstate.com

13 Tips To Help Your Child With A Disability Succeed In Religious School

Editor's Note: As the school year begins, we are delighted to bring you these tips. Follow "The New Normal" through the year for a variety of perspectives on inclusion and Jewish education.

As someone with a disability myself, and who also knows what it means to parent a child with multiple disabilities, I’ve become an advocate for my children on so many fronts. Jewish education and involvement is no different. When it comes to disability and inclusion issues, despite good intentions, many Jewish institutions don’t even know what they don’t know. So it is up to people with disabilities, and the people who love them, to educate and advocate for people with disabilities in Jewish life. This is especially true in the context of enabling children with disabilities to have full access to Jewish education.

Jennifer Laszlo Mizraho

Iddo Netanyahu Off Broadway

The title of Iddo Netanyahu’s play, “A Happy End,” encapsulates irony. Mark and Leah Erdmann, Berliners of the early 1930s, struggle with the decision whether to leave the café society, a language that they love, a culture in which they participate and to which they contribute, and Berlin’s sophistication for an unknown Princeton where they will start from scratch.

Carmit Levite as Leah in “A Happy End.” Jonathan Slaff

Bibi To Meet Obama, Putin

The White House announced today that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet President Obama at the White House on November 9. they will discuss boosting military aid to Israel and then engage in a lot of empty talk about peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

But first Netanyahu is going to Moscow next week to tell President Vladimir Putin that Russia's increased military presence in Syria and attempts to shore up the Assad regime pose "security" threats to Israel.

Last Chance: Michal Nachmany’s Artistic Journey

Michal Nachmany turns found objects into art, layering memory, memorabilia, meaning and color in her original collages and works on paper.  The work reflects her journey from Israel to America, and also, as is timely for the beginning of the New Year, a journey within. 

Michal Nachmany outside of La Boite, New York City.

iPad Apps To Help Prepare For The High Holidays

Happy New Year! Many children and adults with disabilities use iPad technology for learning, play and communication. The iPad is also a wonderful tool to help people of all abilities prepare for and participate in the High Holidays. For example, an iPad can be used in the following ways:

1. Drawing and photo apps can be used to create personalized new year cards to share or print.

2. Interactive greetings can created on an app like TinyTap and shared with those who have the app, or screenshots can be printed and sent.

For Rosh Hashanah: Tuning Our Ears To All The Angels

My company Actionplay is an inclusive group that relies on ensemble-based performance to build social communities that rise above the feeling of being excluded. We embody the notion that in difference there is great strength. The meaningful and supportive relationships that are formed in our rehearsal room are essential for those of us who don’t quite fit the norm.

Actionplay performers. Courtesy of Aaron Feinstein

10 Reasons I'm Voting For Trump

1.     Ideology.  He's not a rigid ideologue like most of the other Republicans.  He believes in The Donald and that says it all.

2.     Flexibility.  He has been on all sides of many issues and knows that consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.

3.     Family values.  He knows the meaning of marriage and fidelity.  Just ask any of his three wives.

Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump. Getty Images
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