There is no direct mitzvah to blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanna. The mitzvah is to hear the shofar blown. It seems that this mitzvah is phrased "causativly". In order to hear the sound, someone has to blow it! Yet, the blower doesn't get any direct mitzvah for the act of blowing; he "passively" gets the mitzvah when he hears his own blowing.

Why is there no mitzvah for actively doing the blowing itself? As for those that cannot blow, technically, they could fulfill the obligation by someone else doing it, no? Wouldn't that work the same way as someone making Kiddush for another?

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    You have given no reason to suspect there should be such a Mitzva, so this is a pretty weak question. Most Mitzvot have actions which need to be done prior to the Mitzva (eg. building a Sukkah, baking Matza)
    – Double AA
    Sep 12, 2014 at 4:56
  • It is not like Kiddush. It's like Tefillin. I can't put Tefillin on for you as it is a Mitzva shebeGufo, a commandment pertaining to your body.
    – Double AA
    Sep 12, 2014 at 4:57
  • Guesswork: We don't have any Mitzvot that each individual must do himself that require a skill that not everybody has. Since many people are not capable of blowing a Shofar properly, it's "not fair" to require each & every Jew to blow the Shofar by themselves. (But again, this is a guess, I have no proof of this idea. Yet.) Sep 14, 2014 at 9:20
  • @Danny How is a women supposed to get a mezuza?
    – Double AA
    Sep 15, 2014 at 2:27
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    @andrewmh20, speak for yourself. MonicaCellio presumably says "lishmoa (mikra) m'gila", as other women do.
    – msh210
    Sep 10, 2015 at 5:16

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it's the same as needing to build a sukkah althhough there's no mitzvah for it in order to eat in eat which is a mitzvah yes someone could blow for another

  • Welcome to Mi Yodeya! Good try :-) but the question is just that; there's no Mitzva to build a Sukka, but rather to sit in it. But the Torah says (or does it?) that it's a day to BLOW shofar. Sep 10, 2015 at 13:17

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