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Rabbi Dovid Stein of Beit Kenesset Chatam in Rehovot has a large group of deaf people come and read Parshas Zachor from the torah every year. Meaning that each individual comes to the torah and reads for himself. Presumably this is because "krias hatorah" needs to be just that - reading from the torah, and sign language is not considered to fit into the ...


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See Siman 55 in Biur Halacha: http://www.hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=14170&st=&pgnum=172&hilite= Summary: Taz isn't too fond of the idea of having a deaf Shaliach Tzibbur. If he is davening, however, according to Magen Avraham, Gra, Bach and others, it appears we should not remove him from the amud. Rabbi Akiva Eiger concludes that ...


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The חכמת אדם in סימן קיט:יח says that fake teeth or fillings are חוצץ. R' Moshe Feinstien in אגרות משה יורה דעה א׳ צז:ו argues, and says that certainly permanent fillings are not חוצץ and suggests that even removable fillings aren'y חוצץ if they are in בית סתרים. If so, we may extrapolate to other prosthetics. Certainly if they are permanent they should ...


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See Does Down Syndrome make one a Shoteh? . Generally, they are obligated in whatever mitzvot their consciousness can support. If someone's actions indicate they're completely disconnected from reality (hard to define), then they could reach the threshold of a shoteh and be exempted from everything. There are 50 places in Rambam's code where he takes for ...


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What you say is similar - somewhat - to what the Ralbag explains there. He says it refers to the covenant that Abraham made with Abimelech not to fight with each other: The blind refers to Isaac who- towards the end of his life - lost his sight. The lame refers to Jacob who - after the fight with the angel - limped for a while. וַיֵּלֶךְ הַמֶּלֶךְ ...


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First: The `Arokh HaShulhan, Hilkhoth Tefillin, siman 43:1-14, explains the laws relating to bodily functions and the proper donning/treatment of tefillin at those times. Although the Rambam appears to be more mahmir and only allows one to urine in his tefillin under duress or if he forgot and began to relieve himself (see there), the Shulhan Arukh (and ...



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