Title: Religious Influences on the Jewish Conceptualization of Disability “Whoever saves a soul saves an entire world
Authors: Valdebenito, Carolina
De Coster, Jori #
Issue Date: 24-Nov-2010
Publisher: Faculty of Theology KULeuven
Conference: Jewish Perspectives on End-of-Life Ethics International Academic Expert Seminar edition:1th location:Leuven date:22-24 Novembre 2010
Abstract: The selection of this research topic arises from a desire to better understand the impact of Jewish tradition and the concept of chosen people as it relates to their response to disability as parents and as a community. In the Pentateuch, disability is explained and accepted as the consequence of an ancestor’s sin and that influences the Jewish response to disability through sacrifice. At the same time, the Jewish people seek, acknowledge, integrate and place great value on knowledge and advanced technologies within Jewish society. Consequently, inquiries were made about the conceptualization of disability by this particular social group, taking into account various aspects: 1) Jewish parents’ perceptions of their own mentally disabled children; 2) Different types and levels of disability (mental/ physical, genetic / non- genetic); 3) Different levels of religiosity (from strict orthodox to secular); 4) Historical evolution of Jewish habits and beliefs from ancient times until now
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre
# (joint) last author

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