3

This answer indicates that today Cohanim with disabilities may duchen.

I am asking here if a deaf person may do so, not because he is disabled, but because he cannot hear the prompt by the Shat"z. Can he rely on either something giving him a hand signal of when to respond or watching his neighbor's lips move? Or does a Cohen's response absolutely require hearing the Shatz's prompts?

2

Thanks to @DoubleAA for the wikisource which says regarding a deaf person who speaks but does not hear. (There are various classifications of a "cheresh" in halacha. Most "deaf" people today do not fit into the classical definition of the "cheresh" mentioned in the Talmud which was a deaf-mute.):

נשיאת כפיים: כהן חרש המדבר ואינו שומע כשר לנשיאת כפים

A deaf Cohen who speaks but doesn't hear is considered valid for raising the hands (duchen).

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .