Someone has had his voice box removed and therefore cannot talk.

Should his wife be making kiddush (havdala perhaps not) or lighting Chanukah lights for him rather than him doing it himself and only mouthing the words?

Is it better or equal for him to be just mouthing the blessing or is it better to hear it from someone else, in this case his wife?


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As far as I know, even with the voice box removed, a person can whisper and can hear himself whisper. This is more than enough to allow him to fulfill the commandment.

Note, that for commandments that require an action, like putting Teffilin or lighting Channuka candles, the reciting of the blessing is not crucial. Only for commandments, where the saying is the commandment, like the Sabbath Kiddush, he could say in whisper or be Yotze from his wife or kids or anyone else obligated him/herself.

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    In my personal experience I can only mouth words but not whisper and certainly not hear myself whisper. When I go to hospital I either have to @Al Berko type which I can do quite fast or I have a person there who can read my mouth.My writing isnt the best. True the b'rocho is not meakev, but it is better to make a mitsva with a b'rocho. Therefore I consider the wife should rather light the chanuka menora. The gemoro also gives this mitsva to the wife sometimes.
    – patient
    Nov 25, 2017 at 20:03
  • If this is a personal issue, you have to consult a rav, as the box in the top right says.
    – N.T.
    Apr 21, 2021 at 18:29
  • "This is more than enough.." that sounds legit, because for comparison by the Amidah al pi Zohar צלותא אשתמע לאודנין דבר נש, לית מאן דציית לה לעילא -- Prayer that's heard by mortals, nobody Above listens to it (some interpret meaning it shouldn't even be heard by his own ears, i.e. a whisper inaudible to his own ears) Apr 21, 2021 at 19:11

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