Rabbi Steven Rubenstein
In Honor of Judaism and Disabilities Month A Blessing for Hearing and Thinking A number of years ago, an eleven year old girl refused to begin her
Bat Mitzvah lessons until her
parents and I made a plan for the brother's Bar Mitzvah.
brother had been confined to a wheel chair all of his
life, and was not able to communicate with others in the same way as you and I can.
Even though he
had a multiple of physical and mental ailments that required constant daily care by his
lacked nothing in relation to the love and devotion shown to him by his
family - and especially his
sister who wanted nothing less for her
brother in regards to this life changing rite of passage.
We found a way to honor Jesse's abilities to feel the texture of the Torah parchment as a recognition of his
blessing the Torah by a series of recordings that were triggered by his
hand at the appropriate time.
It is this Torah that filled his
heart, and hours, along with tears of joy at being able to celebrate the joys in life despite his