I've been told that the custom is to blow the shofar from the sides of one mouth, rather than like blowing a trumpet. What is the source for this custom and the reasoning behind it?


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This is in the Ramo (O.C. 585:2) to blow specifically on the right side of the mouth. The Magain Avraham says this is based on the verse (Zecharia 3:1) והשטן עומד על ימינו - the Satan stands on his right side.

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    What if the baal tokea is a lefty? Any difference? Sep 22, 2014 at 19:55
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    @BruceJames, yes, the Magain Avraham there says that it should be done on the side opposite where the Teffilin of the hand are worn, so a lefty would reverse sides if they reverse their Teffilin.
    – Yishai
    Sep 22, 2014 at 19:59

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