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By Tzvi C. Marx

In contemporary a long time, list numbers of Jews are taking a newfound curiosity of their criminal history - the Bible and the Talmud, the legislations codes and the rabbinical responsa literature. during this stumble upon, they are attracted to how those assets relate to the problem of incapacity, and the measure to which halakhic attitudes to incapacity are in concord with modern sensibilities. for instance, can the blind or these in wheelchairs function prayer leaders? want the mentally incompetent discover any ritual legislations? Is institutionalization in a special-education facility the place Jewish nutritional legislation aren't saw authorised if it's going to improve a kid's functioning? and the way are we to interpret teachings that appear inconsonant with present sensibilities? Disability in Jewish Law solutions the urgent want for perception into the location of Jewish legislation with admire to the rights and standing of these with actual and psychological impairments, and the corresponding tasks of the non-disabled.

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There is undoubtedly a danger that the religious culture will be reduced to simply another formulation of the secular culture’s ideas, a process that would undermine the mutual enrichment I am postulating. Success in translating “theological convictions into terms acceptable to the non-believer” often “substantiates the view that theology has little of importance to say in the area of ethics . .. ”79 Yet this fear should not constrain the religious culture from sharing its debates and insights by communicating in more accessible terms.

There is undoubtedly a danger that the religious culture will be reduced to simply another formulation of the secular culture’s ideas, a process that would undermine the mutual enrichment I am postulating. Success in translating “theological convictions into terms acceptable to the non-believer” often “substantiates the view that theology has little of importance to say in the area of ethics . .. ”79 Yet this fear should not constrain the religious culture from sharing its debates and insights by communicating in more accessible terms.

If indeed a distancing tendency exists in Jewish law, is it inevitable – is the halakha innately dismissive of disabled individuals because of its character as an achievement-centered tradition? Can it broaden opportunities for inclusion and foster awareness of the needs of those with disabilities? In the application of the law, can allowances be made for individual differences in function? Jewish tradition encompasses two attitudes to the disabled, one exclusionary, another, integrative. The former defines the person by his disability, re-categorizing him outside the customary norms.

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