There are people who refuse to surrender to the obstacles thrust in their direction. Oscar Pistorius, a twenty-five year old South African sprinter, is a double amputee. Yet he has not allowed the loss of legs below both knees to prevent him from competing successfully in the 2012 Summer Olympics. And legally blind South Korean archer Im Dong-Hyun set a world record in the rankings round of Olympic competition. To him, the targets are just a yellow blur and yet he has outperformed sighted archers from around the world. These two athletes are exemplars of the triumph of the human spirit and worthy of adulation. They are also worthy of emulation.
Rabbi Wayne Allen
After being graduated from New York University with a B.A. in philosophy and Phi Beta Kappa, Rabbi Allen attended the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he earned a Masters degree in Rabbinics and went on to receive rabbinic ordination. He has served as a congregational rabbi for almost 34 years, taking on postings in New York City, Los Angeles, and Toronto.