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  1. eliezer goldstock says:

    For the past 45 years we have worked to achieve acceptance of children and adults who were born with Down syndrome and routinely given away. Today families while not davening for such a child embrace their children born with Down syndrome because they now realize that they have an extra set of extraordinary midos packed away in their extra chromosome at the 21st pair! Great article.

  2. Menachem Lipkin says:

    Nice article, Yasher Koach.

    We named our son Yisrael Simcha so that he will always know, through his name, how happy we are than G-d brought him into our lives. But, as Jonathan pointed out, the name Simcha is so much more than us just sending him a message. Yisrael radiates a Simcha which touches everyone who knows him.

  3. dovid landesman says:

    Reportedly, the Chazon Ish would stand up whenever he saw a Downs Syndrome child, explaining that they had neshamot tehorot.

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  5. Jewish Ideas Daily says:

    What an inspiring story!

  6. ursula schwartz says:

    as a mother of a 19 year old son with down syndrome and also autism, I was very happy to read of the love and caring that this child inspired and that this child received. my son, too, has immensely enriched my life and continues to do so. he has also immensely complicated my life and continues to do so. i would, however, ask that you refrain from characterizing children born with down syndrome as ‘down syndrome children’. it maybe just semantics at one level, but at another level calling someone a ‘child with down syndrome’ is more respectful and also more accurate: my son is a 19 year old born with down syndrome, mental retardation, a great sense of humor, an astonishing sense of gratitude, a talent for all stuff electronic, and autism. how we talk determines to some degree what we think.

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