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animal horn sounded on Rosh Hashana and other occasions

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What is the history and purpose behind Teki'ah Gedolah?

I am familiar with the origin and reasoning of the "regular" Tekiah blast that surrounds the shevarim, teru'ah and shevarim-teru'ah sounds. What is the origin of the teki'ah gedolah in terms of its ...
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Torah prohibition of Shofar on Shabbos Rosh Hashanah?

The Torah says Rosh Hashanah is a יום תרועה, a day of shofar blasts, and זכרון תרועה, a remembrance of shofar blasts. This seems like a contradiction. The Gemara (Rosh Hashanah 29b) suggests that the ...
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Can the toke'ah practice blowing on Erev Rosh Hashannah?

For those that blow the shofar daily (except on Shabbat) throughout Ellul, common custom is not to blow on Erev Rosh Hashannah. Does this regulation apply to all blowing, or only the one done ...
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May one listen to the shofar if one is standing in an unclean place?

A question by רבות מחשבות here asked about counting the Omer in the bathroom. In the spirit of Elul, that raises the question if one may listen to the shofar while standing in an unclean place? On ...
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Different groupings for the Shofar soundings

I've seen several arrangements for the 100 shofar blasts done on Rosh Hashanna Both Nusach Ashkenaz and Sefard agree on doing 30 before Musaph Nusach Ashkenaz: 3 groups of 10 each during the Amidah ...
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Shofar bent to the right

There is a custom to blow the shofar from the right side of the mouth. 585/6; Rama 585/2 in name of Minhagim; Shlah brought in M”A 585/4; Kaf Hachaim 585/29 Is there a benefit of having a shofar that ...
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Shofar odor cleaning recommendations [duplicate]

How do you remove the odor from inside a shofar? I have already tried hydrogen peroxide.
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Regulations on shofar production

Does a shofar need to be made by a Jew? Does the animal need to be shechted according to Halacha for a shofar to be useable? Are there any regulations at all?
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Can someone wearing a cochlear implant fulfill the mitzvah of hearing the Shofar?

Someone who hears via use of a cochlear implant is considered a pike'ach and not a cheresh, halachically. See this MY question for details. My question focuses more on the actual workings of the ...
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How is Teruah connected to friendship and closeness

I came across this article from which I would like to quote something: The concept of Malchuso b'khal adaso allows Bnei Yisroel to transform the teruah from a destructive sound of war into a sound ...
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How did the Shofar announcements work?

In this week's Parsha - יִתְרוֹ - we have the first occurrence (AFAIK) of the Shofar blast announcing something. בִּמְשֹׁךְ הַיֹּבֵל הֵמָּה יַעֲלוּ בָהָר. When you hear the long shofar sound, you may ...
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Why cover one's face during shofar?

I noticed two people in the synagogue this Rosh Hashana who, whenever the shofar was sounded, covered their respective faces with their respective tallits. I didn't feel comfortable asking them why. (...
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Antique-Style Shofar

Where would I be able to find a new, antique-style shofar with a soft mouthpiece?* When I say antique-style, I mean something like the one below which belonged to my Litvisch great-grandfather. Or ...
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“Shofar” in Elul - Are its laws the same as blowing on R"H?

Because the blowing of a shofar in Elul is a minhag (as per the comments) are there any requirements/rules that limit it? Must it be blown from a kosher shofar (if not, could it be blown from a non-...
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Is there a recommended sound quality for a shofar?

I have a preference for blowing a shofar that produces a clear low pitched sound. (Of course, when I choose a shofar, my higher priority is that it's lightweight and is easy for me to blow.) O.C. 586:...
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What time of the day did the trumpet sound?

Rosh Hashanah, the 1st day of the 7th month, and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) are 10 days, known as the 'Ten Days of Awe'. An outstanding feature was the blasts of the trumpets, and my question ...
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Is there a preferred or required way to sound shevarim?

I have heard the shevarim sound from the shofar done in one of two ways: three short blasts maintaining the same pitch (like "toot-toot-toot") three short blasts alternating in pitch staring with a ...
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Why don't we blow the shofar on Rosh Hodesh?

In the psalm for Thursday, Psalm 81 there is a command to blow the shofar at the New Moon. We no longer follow this practice, but presumably they did when the psalm was written, during the era of ...
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Why was there a huge concern to assure that Hoshanna Rabbah is not on Shabbat?

This page lists 4 rules that may cause the first day of Rosh Hashannah to be postponed from being on the date of the molad Tishrei. One of the rules is: If molad Tishri occurs on Sunday, Wednesday, ...
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What is the source for blowing the shofar during Hoshannot?

As a lad attending a shul in Washington Heights, NY, I noticed that the rav blew 10 blasts from the shofar after each hakafah on Hoshanna Rabba. Our shul davened Nusach Ashkenaz. Since then, I have ...
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Is there a easy way to determine if a Shofar is Kosher? [duplicate]

From the following article at Hasofer.com it seems like the only way to be certain that one has a Kosher Shofar is by buying one with a Hechsher. The only way you can be sure that you are buying a ...
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Chinuch of shofar blowing

The following is a quote from the Shulchan Aruch: הלכות ראש השנה-סימן תקצו - תשלום תקיעות לאחר התפלה, ובו סעיף אחד א. לאחר תפלה מריעים תרועה גדולה בלא תקיעה. הגה: ויש מקומות נוהגין לחזור ...
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Is one allowed to break up the shofar blowing grouping to other than what the siddur indicates?

Most siddurim (Nusach Ashkenaz Sefard) group the shofar blowing as follows: 30 blasts before Musaph divided as: A 3 times Tekiah Shevarim-Tru'ah Tekiah B 3 times Tekiah Shevarim Tekiah C 3 times ...
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Why is it forbidden to blow shofar on shabbat that isn't rosh hashanna?

The gemara (Rosh Hashanna 29b) rules that blowing a shofar is not forbidden on Rosh Hashanna which falls on Shabbat as a forbidden labor (חכמה ואינה מלאכה). It isn't even rabinically forbidden like ...
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Is there a way to minimize soreness or getting a lip blister from blowing the shofar?

Each year after I blow the shofar on Rosh Hashannah, the area on my lip at the right corner of my mouth where the shofar had rested gets very sore and sometimes I get a small blister which is a bit ...
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Different Minhagim of Terua Sounds

I recently heard that a difference exists between the terua sounds of different communities, i.e. Ashkenazim, Sepharadim and Temanim. What are the differences?
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Advice - cleaning my shofar

I saw that the Shulcha Aruch (I think it was 586?) states that one is allowed to pour wine into the shofar to clean it. I have an old shofar that smells a bit musty and like ... old sheep (I guess it ...
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Why would a shofar be in a tree?

Shulchan Arukh, Orach Chayyim 586:21 (excerpt): הָיָה הַשּׁוֹפָר בְּרֹאשׁ הָאִילָן ...וְאֵין לוֹ שׁוֹפָר אֶלָּא הוּא, אֵינוֹ עוֹלֶה בָּאִילָן If a shofar was in a tree ... and he has no ...
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Shofar from ibex horn?

I have the 2015 calendar from the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam, and today I noticed that the September page has a picture of a shofar made from an ibex horn. The calendar dates it to 1850-...
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Can one attach a straw or some other “extension” to a shofar and blow into it

Shulchan Arukh, Orach Chayyim 586:19 says: הִרְחִיק אֶת הַשּׁוֹפָר וְנָפַח בּוֹ וְתָקַע בּוֹ, פָּסוּל. If he distanced the shofar from him and breathed into it and blew, it is invalid. I'm ...
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Sounding the Shofar during the Omer?

Can someone blow a Shofar during the Omer at times when playing instruments is prohibited (i.e. after Passover and before Lag b'Omer, according the predominant custom)?
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What's the difference between שמחה and חדוה?

The Gra was quoted to me (I think from the Aderes Eliyah, but I'm not sure) as saying that during the shofar blowing on Rosh HaShanna a person should be in a state of simcha and chedva. I would like ...
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Can you blow a shofar for fun on Rosh Hashanah?

Last week, someone quoted a halacha in shul about blowing shofar on Rosh Hashanah if it's not for the mitzvah. He said that it's recommended not to, but if someone really wants to, they should blow ...
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What is the reason behind blowing the shofar from the side of one's mouth?

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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Why is the mitzvah of Shofar on Rosh Hashannah for hearing the sound and not for blowing the shofar?

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 ...
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Blowing shofar for someone at their home

What does one need to know in order to properly perform a private shofar-blowing for someone who cannot make it to Shul on Rosh Hashana? There are many details of how the shofar blowing is conducted ...
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Can the full set of 100 shofar blasts be performed by more than 1 person?

One person made the bracha and blew some blasts. Then, for some reason, he is physically unable to blow the rest. Can someone else complete the job? Does it matter if the switch happens in the middle ...
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If a Shofar blower must blow twice for two concurrent minyanim, does he need to say the bracha twice?

A shul has two minyanim that are about 5 minutes apart from each other. They hire 1 Ba'al T'kiah (shofar blower). He says the bracha at the 1st minyan and blows the first set of 30 blasts. Then he ...
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What should a person think when hearing the shofar?

What should a person think when hearing the shofar during the month of Elul. is there some kind of basic intent one should have in mind? What about during Rosh Hashana?
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Blowing into the wide end of the shofar

Assuming my lungs were sufficiently powerful, could I blow the shofar for a mitzva if I blew into the wide end? Related: Inhaling prayers?
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May a shofar be blown for recreational purposes?

I know the shofar is not to be blown on rosh hashana except when performing it for a mitzva, but is a shofer permitted to be blown when it is not shabbos or a chag for recreational (not mitzva or ...
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Blowing Shofar at end of neilah before nightfall of Rabbeinu Tam

How do Chassidim and litvaks who hold Rabbeinu Tam's view of when nightfall is (later than most people's) blow shofar before that time after neilah?
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Shofar from an extinct animal

After paying a trip to the Natural History Museum in London I found myself wondering... would it be allowed (to any extent) to use a shofar of an animal that has kosher simanim but is extinct? There ...
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Mother of Sisera and Tekiyot Why the connection

The Mother of Sisera is the source of our custom of blow one Hundred blasts on Rosh Hashanah (The Complete Artscroll Machzor for Rosh Hashanah, page 584) Why is our custom based on such an evil ...
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Prohibition of eating before hearing the shofar. Source and exceptions

The question is additional to the question of eating before praying in the morning. Where is the source for not eating before hearing the shofar? Is there a permission to eat something in order to ...
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Tehilim 47 - said 7 times before the blowing of the Shofar

What is the source and reason for saying Tehilim 47 - 7 times before the blowing of the Shofar?
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What can make a shofar non-kosher?

I had always assumed that any shofar made from a ram's horn is kosher without further investigation, but this question asks about validating the kashrut of a shofar, including this: It seems that ...
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How to validate Kashruth of an old Shofar?

I have an old Shofar. When I say old, I don't mean a family heirloom or antique - I bought it on a family trip to Israel in the early 1990s. There have been some articles recently discussing the ...
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Blowing shofar at a wedding

Friends of mine are getting married this Sunday and asked me if I would blow shofar at the chuppah. I have been ba'al toke'a probably 2/3 of the years since my bar mitzvah (2002) in three different ...
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Saying “Shehecheyanu” on Mitzvot on the second day of Yom Tov

The two days of Rosh Hashanah are considered as one day (Yoma Arichta), so why do we say Shehecheyanu when we blow the Shofar on the second day? Moreover even if we somehow view it as two days, why ...