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Sunday, February 14 • 12:00pm - 1:15pm
'Break the Yoke from our Neck': Parallels in Disability and Jewish History

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In Birkat Hamazon (grace after meals) and many other prayers, Jews ask God to "break the yoke from our neck" and lead us upright into freedom. This is a long lasting theme in the Jewish liturgy because of the omnipresent burden of living life as a persecuted minority. People with disabilities often report similar feelings, living life in a world built only with the non-disabled in mind. What are the parallels between the disabled and Jewish historical experience? What lessons can each group learn from the other?


Ari Ne'eman

Ari Ne'eman is a Senior Research Associate at the Harvard Law School Project on Disability. He is currently writing a book on the history of American disability advocacy for Simon & Schuster and is completing his PhD in Health Policy at Harvard University. Prior to that, Ari served... Read More →

Sunday February 14, 2016 12:00pm - 1:15pm EST
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