The physically handicapped in the mishnah



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blind person and the gentile, the slave and the agent and the woman. And laying on of the hands constitutes the residue of the requirement [which may, in fact, be omitted without affecting the efficacy of the atonement]. And in the place in which they lay on hands [there do] they slaughter [the animal]. And forthwith after laying on of hands is the act of slaughter”. Each of the above individuals restricted from laying hands is derived from a biblical passage. In the case of the blind person the passage and its interpretation is found in B. Sanhedrin 36b.

The issue of our concern in M. Megillah 4:6 is the reciting of the Shema prayer that includes the prayer “creates the lights (luminaries). Is a blind man permitted to say this prayer since he cannot see the lights? “A minor reads in the Torah and translates. But he does not recite the Shema, pass before the ark, or raise his hands [in the priestly benediction]. He who is wearing ragged clothing recites the Shema and translates, but he does not read in the Torah, pass before the ark, or raise his hands. A




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