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Thu Sep 6, 2012, 01:21 PM

 

Oy vey! Celebrity rabbi calls Autistic child "broken"

http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/tribu/sns-201209041530--tms--godsqudctngs-a20120906-20120906,0,7484159,full.story

Q: I have a son with autism. Many people with autism are concrete thinkers, who can't understand abstract concepts (things they can't feel, see, touch or experience directly). How do I explain God and heaven to my son? What happens to people with disabilities who don't believe in God simply because they're unable to understand? - S., via [email protected]

And for you, let me urge you to end your day with a prayer of thankfulness to God for your special son. There's an interpretation of Exodus that teaches that Moses not only put the tablets of the law that he received on Mount Sinai into the ark of the covenant, but also was commanded by God to add the broken pieces of the first tablets that he broke in anger after seeing the people worshipping a golden calf. I love that idea. The broken and the whole were together in the same ark.

So, too, we are all in the embrace of a loving God. Those of us who are mostly whole and those of us who are slightly broken are all together in the same ark. The image of God is upon all of us. Your son is very lucky to have such a loving and spiritually sensitive father. God bless you both.

"Slightly broken"??!!

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Reply Oy vey! Celebrity rabbi calls Autistic child "broken" (Original post)
KamaAina Sep 2012 OP
Odin2005 Sep 2012 #1
hifiguy Oct 2012 #2
KamaAina Oct 2012 #3
Odin2005 Oct 2012 #4
KamaAina Oct 2012 #5
Odin2005 Oct 2012 #6

Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Sat Sep 8, 2012, 09:22 PM

1. Gee, I can understand abstract concepts just fine

What the Rabbi really means is that we have trouble with the blind faith thing.

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Response to KamaAina (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 03:33 PM

2. My experience is that there is a wildly disproportionate

 

number of atheists and agnostics on the autism spectrum. Our relentless logic has a way of leading us in that direction.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 12:20 PM

3. True dat. But there are quite a few devoutly religious people, too.

 

As with politics, there seems to be no middle ground: either far left (yours truly) or far right (I've met a few).

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 02:16 PM

4. There are a lot of Libertarian jerks over at Wrong Planet.

It's why I quit posting there.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #4)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 08:34 PM

5. Not to mention anti-Semites.

 

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 13, 2012, 08:39 PM

6. WHAAA??? Don't remember seeing those!!!

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