If a woman knows how to blow shofar, is there any more mitzvah in her hearing it from a man vs. doing it herself? (Is it different that the mitzvah is lishmoa vs. al tekias?)

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Shulchan Aruch O”C 589:6 says she can blow herself

אף על פי שנשים פטורות יכולות לתקוע וכן אחר שיצא כבר יכול לתקוע להוציאן אבל אין מברכות ולא יברכו להן: הגה והמנהג שהנשים מברכות על מצות עשה שהזמן גרמא ע"כ גם כאן מברכות לעצמן אבל אחרים לא יברכו להן אם כבר יצאו

However there is a Shaagas Aryeh Teshuva 104 where he asks this exact question, which is better for a woman to do, and he says that it is better for a man to blow for her. His reasoning is that blowing shofar is generally prohibited on Yom Tov and is only permitted on Rosh Hashana for a man not a woman.

  • Why are only men permitted?
    – Shababnik
    Commented Sep 12, 2023 at 23:01
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    Because they have a mitzvah, while women are patur
    – Chatzkel
    Commented Sep 12, 2023 at 23:11

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