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Christo A. Chaney


Three congregants during worship services

I am not a rabbi. It seems curious that I would start with those words isn’t it?

In fact, though, it has often been the case that some people think I am, in fact, a rabbi – specifically, the rabbi of the synagogue where I am a member, a religious school teacher, and a volunteer lay leader.

I live in a small town with only one functioning synagogue, and our rabbi flies in from out of state twice a month. In the meantime, lay leaders like me sometimes lead Shabbat services or provide a reading from one of our Torah scrolls.

While I certainly don’t mean to give anyone...

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Doctors coat with a diagnosis pad reading ADHD

I’ve long had two careers in mind: to become an American Sign Language interpreter or to become a rabbi. Both careers, however, require a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college – and that’s just the first step toward those careers. Because I’ve never succeeded in getting my college degree, neither of my dream careers is an option for me, and a few other careers of interest to me have either similar requirements or even more of them.

Some statistics say that only 5 percent of people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) do well enough in college or university (...

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