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Let Our People with Disabilities In: by Sylvia Gurinsky

Moses – Moshe Rabeinu – lived with a disability.

The Sages recount that as an infant and prince in Egypt, the future hero of the Passover story had a choice to take either gold or hot coal. The Egyptians were testing the baby; had he taken the gold, he would have been considered a threat to Pharaoh. An angel directed Moses to the hot coal – which he put in his mouth. As a result of his burned tongue, he had a stutter.

As Hashem recruited him to lead the people of Israel, Moses said, “I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”

Read more in the Florida Jewish Journal

Meet the Author

Debbie Fink

Debbie Fink is Director of Community Outreach & Impact for RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. In addition to this role, she was Project Director for the unprecedented Women’s Disability Leadership, Inclusion & Advocacy Series; and is responsible for RespectAbility’s Volunteer Corps and Jewish Inclusion Project. Ms. Fink brings more than 15 years of diverse leadership experience in public health, education and arts programming to serve RespectAbility’s mission. Fink has a lifetime commitment to enabling people with disabilities to have a better future and is passionate about the constructive impact volunteers can make in the world. To reach her, email DebbieF@respectability.org.

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