If God Created Man in His Image, Then Why Would We Look Down at People With Special Needs?

Judaism teaches us that all people are created in God's image, and rabbis should be the first to recognize that, seeing differences as the blessing they are.

Two years ago, I discovered first hand a fantastic organization in Jerusalem called Shutaf, which runs camps and weekly youth programs for children and teenagers from around the Jerusalem area. What made the program so special was not the activities themselves, but the participants, both typical children and children with special needs. All of the...