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Who Teaches Torah to Your Nation Israel

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on April 4, 2017

This is a speech delivered by Rabbi Dov Linzer at the YCT Annual Tribute Dinner in March 2017 Barukh atah Hashem ha’melamed Torah li’amo Yisrael.  Blessed are You God who teaches Torah to your nation, Israel. This second birkhat ha’Torah follows אשר קדשנו במצותיו וצונו לעסוק בדברי תורה, the mitzvah-blessing for Torah study. For while Continue Reading »

Halakhic Status of a Deaf Person Who Cannot Speak Intelligibly: Part 2 – Poskim

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on September 6, 2016

In the previous lecture we saw that there were opinions of Tanaaim and Amoraim in the Talmud that would have allowed for a reassessment of a deaf person’s status, but that halakha rejected these opinions and rules categorically that a deaf person is not a person of legal standing.  In this lecture, we will see Continue Reading »

Halakhic Status of a Deaf Person who Cannot Speak: Part 1 – Gemara and Rishonim

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on September 5, 2016

Introduction Traditionally, halakha has ruled that a deaf person who could not speak – a cheresh –  is not considered to be a bar da’at – a person of sufficient intelligence and understanding to have standing as an agent or responsible party in halakha.  His status is the same as a minor and a shoteh, Continue Reading »

Can a Person Who Is Blind Receive an Aliyah?: A Teshuva of Maseit Binyamin

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on September 5, 2016

Can a person who is blind receive an aliyah?  The question, from a conceptual and analytic point of view, is how to understand the post-Talmudic practice of having one person (the one receiving the aliyah) making a brakha on the Torah, and having another person (the shaliach tzibbur) doing the actual reading from the scroll. Continue Reading »

The Mandate of Inclusion

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on August 3, 2016

Introduction [source 1] When it comes to our responsibilities towards those with disabilities, whether physical, educational developmental, or social-emotional – and indeed, any person or group that is being or can easily be marginalized – we first must problematize the use of the word “inclusion.”  This word suggests a group or person who is on Continue Reading »

Psychotherapy and Teshuvah: Parallel and Overlapping Systems for Change

by Michelle Friedman, MD Posted on July 5, 2016

People come to mental health treatment because they are in pain. The presentations of their pain vary–they come because they suffer from symptoms that restrict or threaten their lives, because they struggle with inner conflicts that undermine and torment their integrity, or because if they don’t come, they will lose their job, their spouse, or Continue Reading »

Shame and Illness: A Jewish Perspective

by Michelle Friedman, MD Posted on July 5, 2016

I approach the topic of “Shame and Illness” from my twin perspectives as psychoanalyst and traditional Jew. This written piece contains material prepared for the forum held at New York Medical College on June 14, 2004 as well as issues raised that evening via case vignette presentation and audience participation. I hope to discuss a Continue Reading »

‘Invisible Disability’ Kids Are Being Left Out

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on November 11, 2009

by Dov Linzer And Devorah Zlochower The Jewish Week, Op-Ed November 10, 2009 We are the parents of two children with what are often termed “invisible disabilities.” Invisible disabilities can include learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and Asperger’s syndrome, Tourette’s syndrome and other tic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders, mood disorders and behavioral Continue Reading »

Prayer for the Slain and Injured at the Gay Community Center in Tel Aviv

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on August 14, 2009

This prayer expresses grief and sorrow over the horrific and murderous attack at the gay Community Center in Tel Aviv on August 1, 2009 and the heightened sense of responsibility and obligation that all Jews and communities, across the denominations, must share in response. This tfillah was recited in numerous synagogues on Shabbat Parshat Ekev Continue Reading »