Jewish Perspectives on Theology and the Human Experience of Disability / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $110.83
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 14%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (7) from $110.83   
  • New (5) from $110.83   
  • Used (2) from $129.99   


A re-examination of Jewish scripture and teachings about disabilities

Few people are untouched by the issue of disability, whether personally or through a friend or relative. Jewish Perspectives on Theology and the Human Experience of Disability shares moving insights from around the world and across the broad spectrum of Judaism on how and why the Jewish community is incomplete without the presence and participation of the disabled. Authors representing each of the three main movements of Judaism—Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform—examine theology, scripture, ethics, practical theology, religious education, and personal experience to understand and apply the lessons and wisdom of the past to issues of the present.

Authors from Israel, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia reflect on their theological understandings of specific disabilities and on disability as a whole. Jewish Perspectives on Theology and the Human Experience of Disability re-examines tradition, teachings, and beliefs to shatter stereotypes of Judaism and common interpretations of scripture. This unique book addresses several disabilities (blindness, deafness, intellectual disabilities, autism, learning disabilities), and a wide range of topics, including human rights and disabilities, Jewish laws concerning niddah, misconceptions about disabilities in the Hebrew Bible, Jewish community programs to include people with disabilities, and the need to educate American Jews about Jewish genetic diseases.

Jewish Perspectives on Theology and the Human Experience of Disability examines:

  • three methods that allow Jews who are blind to participate in the Torah service
  • the spiritual needs of people with learning disabilities
  • the attitude of Jewish Law toward marriage and parenthood on people with intellectual disabilities
  • how the rabbis of the Mishnah incorporated Greco-Roman beliefs about the connections between hearing, speech, and intelligence into Jewish law
  • a sampling of opinions issued on matters concerning disabilities by the Responsa Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis
  • how the Jewish sages have made participation by people with disabilities possible
  • and much more
Jewish Perspectives on Theology and the Human Experience of Disability also includes reviews of Judaism and Disability: Portrayals in Ancient Texts from the Tanach through the Bavil and Disability in Jewish Law, as well as comprehensive resource collections. This book is an essential read for clergy and lay leaders involved in the support of people with disabilities, for the families of people with disabilities, and for anyone working with the disabled.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789034441
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Introduction (Rabbi Judith Abrams)
  • ’Im ani kan hakol kan: If I Am Here All Is Here: A Contemplation on “Defects” and “Wholeness” (Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson)
  • Jewish Theological Approaches to the Human Experience of Disability: A Primer for Rabbis and Rabbinical Students (Wallace Greene)
  • The Participation of Jews Who Are Blind in the Torah Service (Rabbi Daniel S. Nevins)
  • Reform Responsa Concerning Persons with Disabilities (Responsa Committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis with an Introduction by Rabbi Judith Z. Abrams)
  • Misconceptions About Disabilities in the Hebrew Bible (Rabbi Judith Z. Abrams)
  • What the Rabbis Heard: Deafness in the Mishnah (Bonnie L. Gracer)
  • Judaism, Theology and the Human Rights of People with Disabilities (Melinda Jones)
  • “L’Dor v’Dor,” From Generation to Generation: One Community’s Response to Jewish Genetic Diseases (Becca Hornstein)
  • Executive Summary: Minneapolis Jewish Community Inclusion Program for People with Disabilities Research Report (Claire Buchwald)
  • What Does Being Jewish Mean to You? The Spiritual Needs of Jewish People with Learning Disabilities and Their Families (Eve Kuhr Hersov)
  • Marriage and Parenthood Among Persons with Intellectual Disability in Jewish Law (Isack Kandel, Katherine Bergwerk, and Joav Merrick)
  • The Participation of Disabled Women in the Rules of Niddah (Deena R Zimmerman)
  • Legal Aspects of Parenthood Among Persons with Intellectual Disability in Israel (Isack Kandel, Katherine Bergwerk, and Joav Merrick)
  • The Sages, People with Disabilities, and Adaptive Technology (Robert Brown)
  • Jacob Who Loves the Sabbath (Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson)
  • Judism and Disability: Portrayals in Ancient Texts from the Tanach Through the Bavli, by Judith Z. Abrams (Reviewed by Joav Merrick)
  • Disability in Jewish Law, by T. C. Marx (Reviewed by M. Miles)
  • Resource Collections
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)