WHAT IF Moses never accepted the task to lead the Jews out of Egypt because of his speech impediment?
Award-winning author Chava Willig Levy, a polio survivor, uses the episode to illustrate what she calls a clear biblical precedent that people with disabilities have enormous potential.
“When G-d said to Moses, ‘I’m tapping you to lead my people out of Egypt,’ Moses [countered], ‘No, you’ve got the wrong guy. I’m disabled myself,’” Levy says.
But G-d gets angry at Moses for doubting himself: “Who do you think gave you that mouth?”
Levy’s anecdote introduces a concept that frames the Jewish communal discussion on the inclusion of people with disabilities.