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Disney Movies Animate Jewish Writer’s Autistic Son

July 10, 2014

This article was first published in The Times of Israel.

Owen Suskind celebrated his graduation from the Riverview School in Cape Cod, MA in June with his parents and his brother Walter. (Courtesy)

Owen Suskind celebrated his graduation from the Riverview School in Cape Cod, MA in June with his parents and his brother Walter. (Courtesy)

Millions of young people love Disney movies, but few appreciate them quite like Owen Suskind. He has watched every Disney film umpteen times and can recite the entire dialogue from each without error. For Owen, who is autistic, Disney viewing is not merely a hobby; it’s a therapy.

Animated films like “The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” and “The Jungle Book” have served as a bridge for Owen to the world, enabling him to get in touch with himself, and interact with other people.

In “Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism,” Owen’s father, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ron Suskind, has chronicled his son’s unique journey from a diagnosis of regressive autism at age three (when a child who seems to be developing normally suddenly stops communicating and reaching milestones) to his life today as a communicative and semi-independent 23-year-old young man.

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

 

Mila Kunis: Men Aren’t Pregnant!

June 13, 2014

This post first appeared in The Times of Israel.

'They' are not pregnant. Actress Mila Kunis playfully pulls down the hat of actor Ashton Kutcher before a Los Angeles Lakers' NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, January 3, 2014, in Los Angeles. (photo credit: AP/Mark J. Terrill)

‘They’ are not pregnant. Actress Mila Kunis playfully pulls down the hat of actor Ashton Kutcher before a Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, January 3, 2014, in Los Angeles. (photo credit: AP/Mark J. Terrill)

Poor late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel. He “innocently” let expectant mother Mila Kunis know that, like her and her fiancé Ashton Kutcher, he and his wife “are pregnant.” Before he knew what was happening, the actress, got up from the couch, grabbed a microphone and launched into a tirade against all those “pregnant” men out there.

Kunis, 30, began her “message for all you soon-too-be fathers” with the declaration, “You’re not pregnant!” and then followed it up with some rhetorical questions like,

“Do you have to squeeze a watermelon-size person out of your lady hole?”

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Anti-Semitic Incidents Disrupt Silicon Valley Jewish Community

June 10, 2014

This article was first published in The Times of Israel.

Congregation Kol Emeth’s Rabbi Laurie Matzkin wants to address an uptick in anti-Semitism encountered by Silicon Valley’s Jewish students. (Courtesy)

Congregation Kol Emeth’s Rabbi Laurie Matzkin wants to address an uptick in anti-Semitism encountered by Silicon Valley’s Jewish students. (Courtesy)

The publication of a slight against a Jewish student in a Cupertino, California high school yearbook has brought to light what some see as an uptick in anti-Semitism among Silicon Valley youth

A student planted an insult against a student from a Jewish Israeli family in a caption beneath a team photo in the Monta Vista High School yearbook. The student’s changing the last three letters of the Israeli classmate’s name to “jew” went unnoticed by the yearbook advisor.

According to a report in the San Jose Mercury News, the school has not acquiesced to the Jewish family’s request that the run of 1,600 yearbooks be recalled, claiming that it is too late now that they have been distributed to students and have been filled with handwritten messages from friends and classmates. The Fremont Union High School District paid $64,000 to produce the yearbooks, and they were sold to students at $90 a piece.

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.


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