Do the disabled get a raw deal in the Torah?

By Joseph Mintz, October 22, 2009

When I was 18, some 20 years ago, I worked for a summer doing Camp America in the Catskill Mountains of New York State. But this was a camp with a difference: it was run by an Orthodox Jewish organisation which catered for children with physical disabilities and learning difficulties (or “mental retardation” as it was referred to at the time).


Alex Cowan jumps from 13,500ft to help fight multiple sclerosis

By Candice Krieger, May 29, 2008

She may struggle to walk, but that has not stopped West Londoner Alex Cowan from wanting to jump out of an aircraft. Ms Cowan suffers from the neurological condition multiple sclerosis (MS) and uses a wheelchair. On July 13, she plans to jump out of a plane flying at 13,500 ft, fall for 40 seconds, reach about 120 mph, and then float to the ground with the aid of a parachute.


Disabled father begs his council for a better home

By Dana Gloger, May 8, 2008

A strictly Orthodox man who uses a wheelchair and cannot access the shower or kitchen of his flat has criticised his local council for not finding him a more suitable home.

Michael Freedman, 28, who lives in Edgware, Middlesex, has had to use a wheelchair since January last year, after he reacted to a pain-killing injection given to him during an operation for appendicitis.

It left him in severe and constant pain and unable to put any weight on his legs.


A bomber left him paralysed for 2 years: this week he walked

By Candice Krieger, April 10, 2008

A young Israeli, paralysed from the chest down after a suicide bombing, has defied medical odds by regaining feeling in his toes following pioneering treatment at a London clinic.

Zion Shitrit, 23, was working at a market in the northern Israeli town of Hadera when a suicide bomber blasted the area, killing six.