For decades, deaf-mute bar mitzvah boys have not been called up to read from the Torah due to their disability. Now, following a new halachic issued by Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, these boys will be able to celebrate their coming of age just like their friends.
According to the Halacha, people called up to read from the Torah must say the bracha out loud, which is impossible for those who cannot hear nor speak. This situation caused a lot of distress for deaf-mute bar mitzvah boys, who have been praying for a solution.
Chabad-affiliated association Lend a Hand to a Special Kid, which helps children from a school in Yerushalayim celebrate their bar mitzvah, asked Rav Metzger to find a solution for their distress.
Rav Metzger came up with an original idea: The boys will say the bracha in sign language, while someone in the audience will read the bracha out loud at the same time. The audience will hear the bracha and will be able to respond with “Amen.”
Rav Metzger recently visited the special care school with the association’s chairman, Rabbi Mendy Blinitzky. One of the students, Itzik Bondtzek, thanked him excitedly for his initiative.
Source: YNET NEWS