I am a congregational rabbi on the autism spectrum.
How is that possible? How could I thrive in a profession that is pastoral, that rewards extroversion, that seems mostly for those who intuitively grasp social dynamics. And yet I have thrived.
That is because along with the deficits of people on the spectrum, there are precious gifts that being neuro-atypical bequeath me.
It just took me a while to find them.