Like so many other proud Americans, I did my civic duty and took time out of my very busy schedule to go out and vote in the recent elections. Although I did see many frum people at the ballots, there could have been more. I hope that next time there is an election, any election, big or small, that the community comes out in droves so we show politicians the power behind our united voice.
“Power to the People” in last month’s issue was a great article. We really need to step it up (no pun intended) and make sure all shuls, yeshivos, and halls are wheelchair accessible. There is no reason why someone with a disability (visible or not) has to avoid participating in communal and religious affairs because they fear the embarrassment of not being able to navigate the premises easily.
As the well spouse of someone with a disability, I applaud Sharon Shapiro-Lacks for all her efforts in heading Yad HaChazakah, an organization that helps people, like my husband, feel dignity and respect when navigating the Jewish world. I commend her for calling out yeshivos who are reluctant in accepting students with disabilities. What a wasted opportunity to do a mitzvah and allow the other students to be exposed to someone with a disability so they know how to be sensitive to that population when they graduate to the real world. Sharon is a role model for all those with disabilities. Her work sends the message that we can ALL do and achieve whatever we put our minds to.
The Pittsburgh tragedy was a huge wakeup call for all of us. We must secure all our houses of worship! I know some people advocated that we carry guns, and I am not sure if that is the right answer. I don’t know what the answers are, but I do know we have been too complacent for too long. We don’t need a repeat , G-d forbid, of what happened in Pittsburgh to happen anywhere else. We need to do something!
Temperatures in the teens?! Snow before Thanksgiving?! I have used my shovel this season more than my rake. I would love to hear an explanation from global warming experts on what happened to autumn and how early can we expect spring being that Old Man Winter seems have made a very early unwelcome visit.
Frigid and Frustrated in Flatbush.