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  • Lights, Medicine and Miracles: Not a SAD Chanukah.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    December 15, 2014 | 6:58 pm

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is known as "winter blues" depression that can leave the victim in a dark cave until spring’s return.  Energy is drained.  Apathy takes over.  The main treatment for SAD is light therapy.

    Light does more than just enable us to see.  Light induces...

  • Going along hand in hand

    September 24, 2013 | 3:47 pm

    Twenty-three years ago, Lisa Szilagyi gave birth to her first child, Emily, who was diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis, a genetic disease that causes tumors to grow on vital organs. It resulted in severe epilepsy and essentially made Emily nonverbal.

    And yet none of this seems to...

  • Vision Quest

    March 20, 2013 | 7:54 am

    Laughing with a friend, a tall blonde visibly groped at her surroundings while ascending a flight of stairs at a posh Los Angeles eatery. Witnessing the awkward display, a fellow patron cast a disapproving glance and asked, “Liquid lunch?”

    Those icy words, uttered nearly 20 years...

  • Judaism and disability: The work left to do

    February 20, 2013 | 3:31 pm

    February is Jewish Disability Awareness Month. In thinking about Judaism and disability, most might start with the teaching in Leviticus: “Do not curse the deaf nor put a stumbling block before the blind.” This is certainly sage advice, and in a sense offers a disability-specific...

  • A Braille Revolution

    By Dikla Kadosh

    June 29, 2011 | 6:10 pm

    In the June-July issue of TRIBE, I wrote about Josh Goldenberg, a charming 7-year-old boy who was blind since birth, and the campaign he has sparked to label grocery store shelves with Braille so that blind people can shop independently. It struck me that it took a 7-year-old to...

  • The Joshua Project

    By Dikla Kadosh

    May 19, 2011 | 5:14 pm

    “Mommy, can I have some water?” asked Joshua Goldenberg, a 7-year-old with a beautiful mane of curls and a gap-tooth smile. His mother, Christie, handed him a bottle.

    “How do you know it’s water?” he asked.

    “Because it says so on the label,” she answered.

  • In Israel, cutting edge help for visually impaired kids

    October 29, 2008 | 11:14 pm

    Strolling among the young children playing on ELIYA's vibrant and colorful campus in Petah Tikva, just outside Tel Aviv, feels, for an instant, like a visit to any well-run preschool. But ELIYA is that and more -- a preschool for blind and visually impaired children designed to...
  • The matzah challenge…VideoJew’s blind taste test

    By Jay Firestone

    April 10, 2008 | 10:23 am

    video by Jay Firestone

    Can you taste the difference between two different matzahs? 

    For some, it may be quite a feat to positively identify one matzah from another.  But I know that each matzah is unique in texture, flavor, scent and shape.

    Here are a few tips to follow, in...

  • Why is This Seder Different From All Other Seders?

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Every seder presents its own challenges, whether it's in deciding which haggadah to use or how much wine to add to the haroset. But for families of people with special needs, the usual frenetic Passover planning can go into overdrive as they search for ways to make the seder...