I thought our friends who advocate for inclusion through Jewish Disability Awareness Month would like to see my wife’s post about our daughter songleading. Our daughter’s Autism has brought some incredible teaching moments about life, patience, resilience and gratitude. Deborah captures many of those ideas here in her post on her new blog (for those that remember Puzzled). Thanks for reading… and thanks for advocating for inclusion.

Reflecting Out Loud


There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is.(William P. Merrill)

Once, we didn’t know if she would ever utter a complete & coherent sentence.
Once, we couldn’t bring her into a room full of people & stimuli-knowing it would overwhelm her senses.
Once we didn’t know if she would be able to make & sustain friendships.
Once we didn’t know if she would ever reach or achieve the milestone of becoming a Bat Mitzvah.
Once we were afraid to hope too much, ask for too much, pray for too much.
Once it seemed there wasn’t room for her in our faith. She would exist on the periphary, never being able to believe it truly belonged to her.
Once we didn’t know that we could teach her to cut with a scissor, let alone make beautiful music on an instrument.
Once, the…

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