Tag Info

Hot answers tagged

9

As long as the Shevarim-Teruah in TaShRa"T As long as the Shevarim in TaSha"T As long as the Teruah in TaRa"T Source Shulchan Aruch HaRav 590:7 As to how long the Shevarim and the Teruah have to be, it depends on the definition of the Teruah. It is 3 Yevavot (not quite sure how to translate that, see Talmud Rosh Hashanah 33B), and according to some ...


9

The Lubavitcher Rebbe said a sicha on this topic, and I really recommend reading it in full. Abridged and translated here. Original and unedited here. In summary, Rashi explains the concept of "confounding Satan" as follows: "So that he will not accuse; for when he hears how the Jewish people love the mitzvos, his words of accusation are stifled." ...


7

It is said in the name of Rabbi Akiva Eiger as follows: The Talmud states that if one repents due to fear of punishment, his sins are converted to unintentional sins. However, if one repents out of love, his sins are converted to Mitzvoth (good deeds). Rashi states that the extra shofar blasts show the love Jews have for Mitzvoth, this implies that their ...


7

The Megillah and the Chanuka candles are Rabbinical Mitzvot, while blowing Shofar in Elul is merely an Ashkenzic custom (minhag), not a Mitzvah (see Rama on Orach Chaim 581:1). There's all kinds of discussion about which Mitzvot get a blessing and which don't, but in general, minhagim don't get blessings.


7

The Torah itself uses only the terms "tekiah" and "teruah" (Num. 10:3ff). Elsewhere (Lev. 25:9) the Torah puts the verb haavir ("to make pass") before and after references to a teruah, implying that it should be preceded and followed by a long drawn-out sound - which tells us that the basic order is tekiah-teruah-tekiah. So there's no doubt what a tekiah ...


7

Even if the horn comes from a kosher animal, the shofar could still be rendered non-kosher if non-kosher materials are added during the shaping and polishing process. According to this article (http://www.jdoorpost.com/2010/06/non-kosher-shofars-imported/), there were problems last year with shofars from China and Morocco.


6

Per the Shaalos U'tshuvos Tzitz Eliezer Chelek 12 Siman 48 the whole Takana of blowing Shofar was only when it is done Btzibur. He gives 2 reasons. 1: The reason we blow Shofar starting Rosh Chodesh Elul, is since when Moshe Rabeinu went up on the mountain on Rosh Chodesh Elul the Posuk says "He'eviru Shofar B'Machane" - and Machane means B'tzibur and not ...


6

In genenral, Sha'ar Hakavanos says that the set of blowings before sh'mone esre is an appropriate time to verbally admit one's sins and that the Ariza"l would do so while crying. This fits with the many mentions it makes of the relationship between sleep, awakening, and the shofar. Our lack of cognizance of our own actions and their ramifications is like ...


6

It seems to me from the quote from the last Chief Rabbi of Yemen, Rabbi Amram Korach, that they didn't follow the Rambam in this regard because they found the kudu horn more beautiful for the mitzvah. "The shofar of Rosh HaShanah, that they were accustomed to blowing, was long and twisted, two or three twists, and its sound was pure and eerie. Some ...


5

The sefer "Teka BeShofar" says that there are two methods for producing a teruah: "The common way," and "the simple way." The Common Way: Air stream is held steady, and the sounds are formed by moving the tongue in and out of the shofar's opening. This is the most natural way, but it has two drawbacks: 1) Most people cannot do this fast enough to form the ...


5

I don't know the best way to learn how to blow shofar but I can tell you how I learned. Firstly, I was told that as a child that the main thing is to NOT BLOW into the shofar. That is, the shofar is not a baloon, and you do not want to blow into it directly. You want to shape your lips and allow the air to pass through them, but you do not want to blow ...


5

To begin with, we blow the shofar on Rosh Hashana because God said so. See Numbers 29:1. וּבַחֹדֶשׁ הַשְּׁבִיעִי בְּאֶחָד לַחֹדֶשׁ מִקְרָא קֹדֶשׁ יִהְיֶה לָכֶם כָּל מְלֶאכֶת עֲבֹדָה לֹא תַעֲשׂוּ יוֹם תְּרוּעָה יִהְיֶה לָכֶם And in the seventh month, on the first day, there shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall not perform any mundane work. It ...


5

Regarding questions 1 and 2, the Rama rules (OC 596) that one should not blow the shofar unnecessarily on Rosh HaShana just like one avoids musical instruments on other Shabbatot and Yamim Tovim. So it would seem forbidden to blow for the sick person at night. The Magen Avraham there rules that one cannot practice on the first day in the afternoon for the ...


4

The Piskei Tshuvos 581:3 brings in the footnotes from the Aruch Hashulchan seif 12 that one should not blow at night the whole month of elul even to practice because we don't do hissarirus at night.He also brings the Igros Moshe 4:21 that when the Rama said that there are those who blow shofar at night he meant after mincha or places who daven maariv during ...


4

It is blown as a wakeup call to us. That is why we blow the shofar the whole elul, leading up to rosh hashana. To remind us that we need to do teshuva (repentance). As you listen to the shofar being blown, close your eyes for a few seconds and let the sounds penetrate and think about doing teshuva and making yourself a better person.


4

It takes a lot of practice to do it properly. You can find basic instructions all over the Web (try Google). A recently-published (and inexpensive) book by R. Avraham Reit entitled Teka Beshofar has many useful tips and much helpful information.


3

The Tur (O.C. 581) brings down two reasons the Pirkie Drav Eliezer says when Moshe went up on Rosh Chodesh Elul to get the second Luchos in order to prevent the Jews from doing something like the golden calf the Shofar was blown. This based on a Posuk in Tehillim God shall be exalted with the trumpet blast; the Lord, with the sound of the Shofar (47:6). Then ...


3

I remember reading a drasha by Rabbi Chaim Smulevitz who gave an answer why we blow the shofar multiple times on Rosh Hashanah. He said at the first blast the Satan prepares his arguments for the Day of Judgement. When he hears the second blast he assumes that Moshiach has now come and this agitates him so much he cannot deliver his accusations. Is the ...


3

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).


3

The Shulchan Aruch Harav (OC 600:5-7) explains that although some hold that the two days of Rosh Hashana are considered one day with regards to the brocha shechiyanu, the Halacha is not like them and therefore we make a second shechiyanu the second day by Kiddush and Shofar blowing. [However, we do try and take the opinion into concern and therefore have a ...


3

While not directly answering your last question, I myself have done it two ways. One is by using my tongue to block and then unblock the airflow to the shofar. Blocking the shofar with your tongue directly tastes really bad, so just bringing the tongue to the top of your mouth is easier. It's also the most common way of doing it. However for myself, I ...


3

Dan's answer covered the "how are those blasts calculated?" part of your question; I'll do the other part, "Do we actually hear 100 or are there extra?". We actually hear 100: 30 initially, 30 in the silent sh'mone esre (nusach S'farad and nusach Ari), 30 in the repetition of the sh'mone esre, and 40 (nusach Ashk'naz) or 10 (nusach S'farad and nusach Ari) ...


3

Mishna B'rura 623:12 says one may blow shofar after n'ila even during ben hash'mashos (i.e. before sure nightfall, as long as it's safek layla, possibly night), since, as he says there, "it's a rabbinical prohibition for the sake of a mitzva". Since you're asking about Rabenu Tam's view, you may prefer a more hasidic source: Shulchan Aruch Harav :11 permits ...


2

As an answer, I am merely clarifying the gemara and tosfos as DoubleAA alluded to.. The gemara's question: Why do we blow shofar during the additional prayer service. We should blow earlier during the morning service based on the idea that the meticulous perform mitzvos as soon as possible (z'rizin makdimim). The Bavli's Answer: The mishna was learned ...


2

According to the Zohar, 10:304: Rabbi Yehuda said: In "the sound of the Shofar," the word "Shofar" is spelled without the letter vav, for it has the same meaning as in the verse, "It pleased (Heb. shafar) Daryavesh" (Daniel 6:1) and in the verse, "O king, let my counsel be acceptable (Heb. yishpar) to you" (Daniel 4:24) and the verse, "I thought it good ...


2

The Piskei Tshuvos brings many shittos. I will bring just a few; see inside for all. It is completely forbidden to establish a meal before shofar (Tosefta Shabbas cited by Magen Avraham 692:7, and Mishma Brurah 16, Mateh Efraim 588:2, see whole footnote: he compares it to the mitzvah of Krias shma). A 'meal' means more than a kbeitzah of bread or mezonos. ...


1

Chaza"l ensured us that if an animal has split hooves and are not pigs (who don't have horns) then they chew cud. So, if the horn is a shofar (not a keren, e.g from a cow), and it is still in kosher condition, it would be permitted. (Assuming that only the animal was technically fossilized, but the horn is still made of the original material.)


1

Maimonides in the first chapter of the Laws of Shofar, Sukka, and Lulav, in halachot 5-7, lists several instances such as punctured or cracked shofars that render it non-kosher. So, to more directly answer your question, one could at one point have a perfectly kosher shofar, and then, at some later point in time, it becomes invalid for use on Rosh Hashana ...


1

An essay by Art Finkle on the topic of shofar at weddings appears at http://hearingshofar.blogspot.com/search?q=wedding. In excerpt: "There is nothing on the Code of Jewish Law, as amended by the Mishnah Berurah that mandates a shofar at a wedding. However, music is not forbidden. I have found no mention of shofar sounding at Jewish wedding, after extensive ...


1

I think that this site http://www.chabad.org/holidays/JewishNewYear/template_cdo/aid/746659/jewish/Why-do-we-blow-the-shofar-so-many-times.htm sums up the computation -- what is important to remember is that a tri-blast like what we call a shevarim is considered "one unit" in the computation as is the truah which is often 9 staccato bursts -- one unit when ...



Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible