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I was 20 when I learned that my first love had committed suicide. His death shattered me, both mentally and emotionally – but it also saved my life. You see, in the months leading up to his suicide, I had been planning my own.

Kate Kaput
Sarah Friedman stands at a podium bearing the name NFTY Convention

"Connection doesn’t have to be this huge thing. It can be small things, too, that make just as big of an impact."

Sarah Friedman
Doctors coat with a diagnosis pad reading ADHD

Jewish wisdom says every human being is deserving of dignity and respect – and that certainly holds true whether or not they have a college degree.  

Christo Chaney
A shorthaired Rabbi Lynne Landsberg speaking at a podium

Just a few days after the first yahrzeit of my friend and mentor, I can’t help but recall how she influenced my life and the legacy she left behind.

Kate Kaput
Hand holding a yellow suicide awareness and prevention ribbon against a wooden table background

In April 2015, when I was 15 years old, I learned that my grandfather had taken his own life after fighting with anxiety and depression for many years.

Leora Greene
Man scribbling the words Americans with Disabilities Act onto glass

I am a lawyer. I graduated Harvard law school and have practiced law for major corporations and large law firms.

Matan Koch
The author on her scooter carrying a Torah scroll

At a very young age, I absorbed the message that illness and disability were things to be ashamed of, and so I hid my troubles in shame. In short, I cheated myself.

Rabbi Ruth Adar
Disembodied arm with fist held high in the air

Rabbi Edythe Held Mencher helps us understand why the language of disability is such a powerful determinant of social attitudes, from prejudice to pride.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Jeff Erlanger in his electric wheelchair reading Torah from the pulpit

In building the ramp, we felt we had been true to the Talmudic maxim Kol Yisrael Areivim Zeh Bazeh, “All Jews are responsible for one another."

Rabbi Kenneth Roseman
Rubins vase as described in this article

Our realities are, to a degree, relative.

Chris Harrison

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