My husband is recently visually impaired with a condition called NAION. He has been using the Artscroll large print siddur on Shabbat and a siddur app on his phone for weekdays. I want to get him Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur machzorim and am wondering if anyone has compared the large print Artscroll and Jewish Heritage for the Blind machzorim for font-size, readability, convenience, etc.

Thank you and shana tova.

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    Welcome to MiYodeya Meira and thanks for this first question. I hope you get good answers that will help your husband. Great to have you learn with us!
    – mbloch
    Sep 20, 2019 at 15:00
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    Thank you mbloch. Sep 20, 2019 at 15:04

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I'm not familiar with this vision condition. However, here are my thoughts on each of the two Machzorim.

The Jewish Heritage Machzor, I'm not sure contains everything. It has been a while since I last viewed it. However, the print is large. If I recall, it is spiral bound, which is a huge advantage in that it can lie flat. It also is much lighter than the Art Scroll one.

The Art Scroll is thorough and has large font. However, if I recall, it tends to use gray shading for certain prayers. I know that reason alone was why when my shul tried to convert their year-round Siddurim to Art Scroll, the older congregants protested, so we didn't use it. We do use Art Scroll (regular size) machzorim for High Holidays. I use the large print one as I am Shaliach Tzibbur. It definitely is missing some English translation of some prayers, and it is a bit heavy. (I have a slight problem coordinating my page numbers with the rest of the congregation, as the organization is different in the large print. But, I know Hebrew well enough to figure it out. However, if following along is a concern, this may be an issue for you.)

So, there are advantages / disadvantages to one Machzor over the other. Hope this helps you decide. Shanah Tovah.

  • Thank you so much for your thoughtful reply. Art Scroll's large print versions for the visually impaired are different than the shaliach tzibur versions, I believe. For example, my husband's A.S. Shabbat siddur has no grayed-out areas. I will share your comments with my husband. I'm keeping the question open in case anyone has seen the Jewish Heritage Machzor more recently. Sep 20, 2019 at 17:09

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