About the Author

Chava Willig Levy

Chava Willig Levy is a New York-based writer, editor, advocate and lecturer who zips around in a motorized wheelchair and communicates about the quality and meaning of life. She is available for speaking engagements and can be reached via her two websites: www.a-life-not-with-standing.com and www.chavawilliglevy.com. Her memoir, A Life Not with Standing, was published in 2013 and is an official selection of Jewish Disability Awareness Month (JDAM15). It is available at Amazon as a print book and as an e-book.

Love Beyond Words

A debilitating stroke cannot prevent a young woman's dream for family.


A proud polio survivor, I was blissfully unaware of the stigma many attach to paralysis and deformity. Until I wanted to start dating.

A Life Not with Standing

Invisible, inaudible, inanimate: my adventures in a wheelchair.

A House of Hopes

Mikvah and motherhood: Frankly, I never thought I'd enter either institution.

Sapphire Eyes

A letter to two little girls.

A Tale of Two Circuses

One circus warmed our imaginations, the other left us cold with disgust.

All About Aunt Nettie

A Mother's Day Tribute.

Mother's Love and Chicken Soup

Have your soup now. Cry later.

Pulling the Plug

TV or not TV? That was the question.

A Bucketful of Miracles

Experiencing descent for the sake of ascent.

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