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What is the source and reason for saying Tehilim 47 - 7 times before the blowing of the Shofar?

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Just had a great discussion about this today! Hint: Go to New Haven for R"H to find out. :) –  Seth J Sep 1 '13 at 2:40
    
@SethJ: What does New Haven have to do with this? –  Gershon Gold Sep 1 '13 at 2:43
    
A friend will be speaking there about this. –  Seth J Sep 1 '13 at 2:46
    
@SethJ: Perhaps you can get your friend to post an answer here. –  Gershon Gold Sep 1 '13 at 2:48
    
I'll suggest it, but I don't know if he will have the time. –  Seth J Sep 1 '13 at 2:59

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Rivevos Ephraim 6:309:1 notes that the Arizal instituted the seven times; he also cites the Imrei Emes ( קרח שנת תרע"ו ) who cites the Arizal and gives a reason; see there. See also Likutei Maharich 3:70.

In addition: The Tamei Minhagim 717 brings that there are 587 letters n the psalm; 587 is the gematria of the word Shofar with itself (im hakollel).

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