Jewish Journal

  • The Power of Repetition

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 25, 2011 | 1:05 am

    Towards the end of his book, “Following Ezra” written by our family friend Tom Fields-Meyer about the journey of parenting his teenage son with autism, Tom quotes from Ezra’s Bar Mitzvah speech:

    “Sometimes I think that all Jewish people are autistic. Jews repeat things all... read on

  • The Lulav Parade

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 17, 2011 | 1:18 am

    The current harvest holiday of Sukkot is a perfect match for persons with special needs – the many physical and concrete symbols of the holiday are tangible, and multi-sensory, plus there’s some fun Hebrew songs. Compared to teaching the “why” of Yom Kippur, especially, for... read on

  • The Hot Potato Game Stops: Gov. Brown Signs Autism Law

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 9, 2011 | 4:59 pm

    Some prayers were answered today when California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 946, the autism health insurance mandate reform bill, into law today, awful close to the bill-signing deadline of midnight tonight. The Governor signed the bill with some reservations, pointing out in his... read on

  • For the Sin of Not Giving a Damn

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    October 4, 2011 | 5:29 pm

    During this period of repentance and self-reflection, I feel the need to confess that before our second child was diagnosed with developmental disabilities, I didn’t really give much thought to special needs. Not that I ever knowingly insulted or offended anyone with special needs... read on

  • A Rosh Hashanah Story about Special Needs

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    September 28, 2011 | 8:49 pm

    I have heard from my father the Holy Komarna. One time a Jewish peasant boy came to the big town to celebrate Rosh Hashanah.
    He didn’t know how to pray. He could not even read the letter Alef. He only saw that everyone was traveling to the synagogues to participate in the holy... read on

  • Re-igniting Passion in Parents

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    September 23, 2011 | 1:19 am

    Sorry but this post isn’t about that type of passion (although that’s important too and is covered well by many other JewishJournal.com bloggers). The type of passion I’m writing about here is the need for parents to start actively engaging in the political process on behalf of... read on

  • Really Not Sweating the Small Stuff

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    September 16, 2011 | 1:24 am

    Our daughter Rachel was telling me about a new friend at college who gets upset at every little thing, from an email that doesn’t get answered to losing a favorite scarf. Rachel was telling her that our family tends not to be upset by little things, mostly due to her younger... read on

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