Synagogues incorporate karaoke megila readings

Orthodox Union distributes Purim materials to make the holiday accessible to deaf, elderly, learning disabled, small children.

By
March 6, 2012 02:52
1 minute read.
Graphic of Haman in Megila reading slideshow

Graphic of Haman in Megilat Esther reading presentation 390. (photo credit: Orthodox Union)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

The Orthodox Union is holding 200 “karaoke-style” readings of Megilat Esther during Purim for the hard of hearing, deaf and elderly in synagogues across the US, UK, Israel and Australia.

The unique readings will be conducted with the help of PowerPoint presentations beamed onto giant projector screens, enabling participants to follow along visually as they see the words being read highlighted in front of their eyes.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


The words are projected in both Hebrew and English and include special graphics depicting Haman’s malevolent and wicked character.

Purim is an exuberant and high-spirited holiday in the Jewish calendar involving fancy-dress, benevolent gift-giving and the consumption of large quantities of alcoholic beverages.

The megila reading, however, can be a frustrating experience for the deaf and hard of hearing, the OU says, since it is hard for them to follow along with the rest of the congregation.

Jewish law stipulates that one must listen to and follow every word of the Purim story told in Megilat Esther to fulfill the religious obligations of the holiday. However, those who are unable to hear are not required to observe this obligation.

“This is a brilliant program and will enable people with hearing disabilities, vision and seniors to be part of different communities to take an active part in the festivities and mitzvot of Purim,” said Batya Jacob, director of the project.

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:


“The program was initially designed to allow the deaf and hard of hearing to participate in the holiday of Purim, but given the program’s numerous benefits, it now enables hundreds of synagogues to include a wide range of members of their congregations such as the elderly, individuals with learning disabilities, those with attention deficit disorders and small children,” Jacob added.

The special megila readings will be held for both the evening and morning prayer services.

The OU requests a $100 contribution from participating synagogues for the development of additional resources for the deaf and hard of hearing by the organization’s disabilities branch.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Joan Rivers
August 28, 2014
Joan Rivers rushed to hospital following throat surgery

By JPOST.COM STAFF