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Luach Hahalachos Uminhagim - 5771 page 30 - note 13 says this is based on the Chayai Adam 139:5 & Elef Hamagain 40 Chayai Adam 139:5 says that one should say תכתב ותחתם לאלתר לחיים טובים Elef Hamagain 40 says one should add Ulishilom


The Shulchan Aruch (586:21) just uses this example since it was an example of the Mishna in Rosh Hashana (4:8) (32b in the Gemara).


Presumably because someone put it there. Perhaps he was walking along the road on the 25th of Elul holding a shofar and decided to rest it on a branch (or trunk bifurcation) for a moment while he adjusted his backpack. Then, when he started walking again, he forgot it there. Or perhaps he was using a mirror in a shofar as a sort of periscope, leaning it on ...


The answer to your question is 3 seifim earlier (586:16): ציפהו זהב במקום הנחת פה, פסול.‏ The Aruch Hashulchan (586:28) writes: ובמקום הנחת פיו – פסול משום חציצה, שהזהב מפסיק בין פיו לשופר.‏ The sound must be created by the contact of the lips on the shofar, additionally it may not be altered in any way by a foreign body.

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