The Highest Form of Wisdom is Kindness: Jewish Perspectives of Disability

Research has shown that culture influences individual's perspective, dress, language, religion, and behavior. The purpose of this study was to explore the perspective of Jewish individuals with regard to how Judaism has influenced their perspective of disability. Qualitative methods were used to conduct face-to-face interviews with Jewish individuals to gain their perspective on how their Jewish culture/religion shaped their perspective of disability. Comparative analysis revealed that for these participants, family experiences, biblical teachings/modern day Jewish perspectives, a history of persecution, and positive experiences within the Jewish community shaped each participant’s view of disability. All participants in the study felt that their experiences and participation in the Jewish culture/religion positively influenced their perspective of disability