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Category: Disabilities

For the Entire Congregation is Holy

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on July 3, 2019

The Korach story, in which Aharon’s right to the priesthood was challenged, ends with the Torah enumerating the special priestly gifts that to which the Kohanim are entitled (Bamidbar 18:8-20).  On this special status of the priesthood, the Sifrei comments: “There are three crowns: the crown of Torah, the crown of kingship, and the crown of the priesthood.…

Hebrew: May Young Men Give Physical Assistance To Young Women With Physical Disabilities?

To read this teshuva in English click here. שאלה: מדי שנה אנו הנוער של מעלה גלבוע מארחים בישוב קייטנת אילן. לעתים קרובות בגלל חוסר בכוח אדם או בגלל צורך בכוח פיזי בנים מטפלים בבנות בעל מוגבלויות . איך בן יכול לטפל בבת על פי ההלכה?[1] תשובה: התורה מצווה בשני מקומות את כל בן ישראל להתרחק מהעריות.…

Disability Right

May Young Men Give Physical Assistance To Young Women With Physical Disabilities?

To read this teshuva in Hebrew click here. Question: Each year, the Ma’ale Gilboa youth group hosts Camp Ilan, a camp for young men and women with disabilities. Due to insufficient manpower as well as the need for their physical strength, young men often take care of young women with physical disabilities.…

May One Who Eats on Yom Kippur Due to Medical Needs Serve as a Shaliach Tzibbur? A Teshuvah from Rav Asher Weiss

Translation by Rabbi Avi Schwartz, introduction by Rabbi Dov Linzer   Rabbi Asher Weiss(1953- ) is the current Rosh Kollel of Machon Minchas Asher L’Torah V’Horaah in Israel. Rav Asher was born to a Sens-Klausenburg Hassidic family and grew up in Borough Park, Brooklyn.…

Inclusion and the Mikveh

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on August 2, 2017

  This is a shiur that Rabbi Linzer gave at the Young Israel of Sharon, MA, on July 26, 2017. Click on the following audio link to listen to the shiur and follow along with the sources below:     (הוֹי כָּל צָמֵא לְכוּ לַמַּיִם (ישעיהו נ”ה:א Ho, every one that thirsts come ye to the waters (Isa.…

Marriage for People with Down Syndrome

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on July 31, 2017

This is a shiur that Rabbi Linzer gave at the Young Israel of Sharon, MA, on July 26, 2017. Click on the following audio link to listen to the shiur and follow along with the sources below:     1. This couple with Down’s syndrome are celebrating 22 years of marriage– Metro UK They were criticized 22 years ago for wanting to get married.…

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.…

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.  …

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.  …

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.  …

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 the outside that we – those who are the true members of the group – will now bring close and include among us.  …

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 their children.…