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Deafness In Halacha: A Reappraisal


Rabbi Moshe Taub

[EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was scanned so accuracy and spelling cannot be guaranteed. You may want to contact the original source listed at end of article for source].

For thousands of years, people born without the ability to hear were often erroneously consigned to mentalinstitutions. It was not until a few hundred years ago that sign language and other techniques were developed to communicate with such people and even teach them how to speak so that they could make themselves understood.

The Gemara (Chagiga 3a; Yevamot 113a) rules that a cheresh - which here, and almost everywhere else in the Talmud, refers to one who can neither hear nor speak (Chagiga 2b) - is exempt from all mitzvot.1


Chanukah Blessings Chart in ASL, Hebrew, and English


Orthodox Union
October 30, 2013

Our Way, the Orthodox Union program for the deaf and hard of hearing, has reissued a handy chart for the Chanukah holiday, featuring the three blessings in Hebrew, English and ASL and a chart with the laws and customs of the holiday.


Bringing Judaism’s Oral Law to the Deaf


January 3, 2013
10:31 PM

JERUSALEM—If you are a religious deaf man in Israel, the traditional doors to Jewish learning have been in so many ways closed to you.

But Yosef Tolidano—a young deaf man descended from a long and distinguished line of Sephardic rabbis—has pulled open those doors, making it possible for the deaf to immerse themselves in the Talmud, which along with the Mishnah is known as Judaism’s “oral law.”

Photo: Inside Yosef Tolidano's kollel for the deaf in Jerusalem, called Ma’aseh Nissim (which means "the maker of miracles"). Photo: Courtesy Ma’aseh Nissim.


Orangutan asks girl for help in sign language

Orangutan asks girl for help in sign language

Rainbow Action Network (RAN) aired a video showing a deaf girl communicating with an orangutan through internet video.



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Irina, our event coordinator, shares the exciting updates of the #DeafChanukah event in this video!

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