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My Down Syndrome Son became My Rabbi

Refael "Rafi" Feuerstein

Identity & Responsibility, Text & Thought

This session describes personal/Jewish/spiritual change after birth of a Down Syndrome son. Concepts like 'Image of God,' 'being late,' 'change,' 'faith,' and 'revelation' took on moving, different meanings. A trip with a story, study, and an invitation to participants to create their own. The deep philosophical, always abstract, question of 'What is Man?' became palpable and impacts the family's daily life. Concepts like 'study,' 'rectification' became important to the issue of veritable existence.

Refael "Rafi" Feuerstein

zohar - Feuerstein institute

Rafi Feuerstein is a rabbi who was born in Israel. He studied in the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and was ordained as a rabbi in 1994. He acted as founder of the ‘Tzohar’ Organization, and was also the rabbi of Kibbutz Ein Tzurim. Since 2001, he has been a community Rav in Jerusalem. He is Vice-Chairman of the Feuerstein Institute. He and his wife Tal have 8 children and one granddaughter.

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