Our Way Releases Chart With Chanukah Blessings in ASL, Hebrew, and English

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Our Way, the Orthodox Union program for the deaf and hard of hearing, has reissued a handy chart for the Chanukah holiday, featuring the three blessings in Hebrew, English and ASL and a chart with the laws and customs of the holiday.

Our Way is a program of the OU National Jewish Council for Disabilities.

Chanukah, which comes out extremely early this year, coinciding with Thanksgiving, begins with the first candle on Wednesday night, November 27 and extends to Thursday, December 5.

The chart is sponsored by the Fass Family and is dedicated to the memory of Esther Riba Fass, z”l.

The blessings (in English translation), are: “He commanded us to light the candles of Chanukah,” “Who made miracles…in those days, in this season,” and the Shehecheyanu blessing for the first night.

The laws and customs give the “What,” “How,” “Where,” “When” and “What Time” of the holiday; has a diagram of how the candles line up each night; and features illustrations and explanations of the dreidel and potato latkes, all on a placemat size chart.

“Thousands of these charts have been distributed and sold. Especially for Jewish deaf who communicate in Sign, these charts have connected them with the mitzvot of Chanukah,” said Rabbi Eliezer Lederfeind, program director of Our Way. “If you are touched by deafness and would like to be added to our mailing list, please indicate this with your order.”

The cost is $10 per chart.

For copies and information, contact “Our Way,” 11 Broadway, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10004; 212-613-8234; (fax) 212-613-0796; or ourway@ou.org.