In Judaism, intention (kavanah) is an essential component of meaningful action. Kavanah comes from the Hebrew root meaning to direct, intend, or focus. Living a meaningful Jewish life involves combining our actions with the intention we bring to those actions.
Nowhere is it more essential to back up our words with action than with the inclusion of individuals with disabilities. Each of us must move from intention to action.
Some additional thoughts to get you started:
For your congregation - Ten Steps to Make Your Congregation More Inclusive
For your classroom - Teaching the Difference Between Fairness and Equality
For your family - Teach Your Children to be Accepting of Disabilities
For you - Inclusion is NOT social action
This post is a part of the month-long series #BlogElul. The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of renewal and reflection. We look to begin the year with a clean slate, starting anew, refreshed. All month, along with others, I'll be blogging a thought or two for each day to help with the month of preparation...