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What does Shofar mean?
Asked in Judaism, Musical Instruments, Israel
What are facts about the shofar?
- A shofar has to be at least 4 inches long - The shofar was once used to announce the entering of Shabbat - A verse from Vayikra relating to the sounding of the shofar to announce the Jubilee year is inscribed on the liberty bell in Philidelphia - A person who is deaf may not blow the shofar for others - If the shofar is stolen one is able to fulfill his obligation by blowing
Asked in Judaism, Musical Instruments, Shabbat
Why don't Jews blow the shofar on the sabbath?
Because on Sabbath, it is forbidden to create something. By blowing the shofar you are creating a form of music. Answer: The above answer is incorrect. It's a mitzvah (command) to hear the call of the shofar (Leviticus ch.23), so it would be okay in principle to create something that's been specifically commanded. Rather, we don't blow shofar on the sabbath, in order to prevent an unlearned Jew from violating the sabbath prohibition of carrying the shofar outside to another domain (to bring it to the synagogue; or to be instructed in its use, since blowing the shofar properly is not easy). Talmud, Rosh Hashanah 29b.
Asked in Religion & Spirituality
Can the sounds of the shofar be more powerful than words?
Asked in Judaism, Musical Instruments
Why do Jews blow the shofar?
Asked in Musical Instruments
How do you and do you clean a shofar?
Asked in Judaism, Musical Instruments, Yom Kippur
What time is the shofar blown on yom kippur in Miami Florida?
When did shofar start?
THE SHOFAR IS PRIMARILY ASSOCIATED WITH ROSH HA‑ SHANAH. Indeed, Rosh ha-Shanah is called Yom T'ru'ah (the day of the shofar blast). In the Mishnah (book of early Rabbinic laws derived from the Torah), a discussion centers around the centrality of the shofar in the time before the destruction of the Second Temple (70 C.O. Indeed, the shofar was the center of the ceremony, with two silver trumpets playing a lesser role. On other solemn holidays, fasts, and New Moon celebrations, two silver trumpets were featured, with one shofar playing a lesser role. The shofar is also associated with the Jubilee Year in which, every fifty years, Jewish Law provided for the release of all slaves,land, and debts. The sound of the shofar on Yom Kippur pro-claimed the Jubilee Year that provided the actual release of financial encumbrances. Halakhah (Jewish Law) rules that the shofar may not be sounded on the Sabbath due to the potential that the Ba'al T'kiyah (Shofar Sounder) may inadvertently carry it, which is ina class of forbidden Sabbath work. (R.H. 29b) The historical ex-planation is that in ancient Israel, the shofar was sounded on the 8 Shabbat in the Temple located in Jerusalem. After the Temple's destruction, the sounding of the shofar on the Sabbath was restricted to the place where the Great Sanhedrin (Jewish legislature and Court from 400 B.C.E. to 100 C.E.) was located. However, when the Sanhedrin ceased to exist, the sounding of the shofar on the Sabbath was discontinued (Kieval, The High Holy Days, p. 114). Art Finkle
Asked in Judaism, Musical Instruments, Yom Kippur
When is the blowing of the shofar on Yom Kippur?
Asked in Judaism, Musical Instruments, Calendar
What month during Elul don't we blow the shofar?
Preparations One Whole Month Before Rosh Hashanah Tisha B'av signals to me that there are 7-weeks before Rosh HaShanah. Therefore, I spiritually prepare myself by practicing the shofar at the beginning of the next month - Elul. During Elul, we customarily sound the shofar at the end of morning services. Sounding the shofar at services is a practical way of preparing for the "real deal" on Rosh HaShanah. In addition, this period serves as a reminder to orient my attention to appropriate repentance. Being a Shofar Sounder and Shofar teacher for 30+ years, I want to share a routine is based on sound musical principals expressed (hopefully) in plain English. art finkle
Asked in Judaism, Musical Instruments, Rosh Hashanah
Why is a shofar blow on rosh hashanah?
Jewish Laws of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur The Mitzvah Of Hearing The Sounds Of The Shofar is emphasized that the mitzvah is fulfilled even if the Shofar is stolen or if the owner does not know that someone has "borrowed" his Shofar (SA 586:1) (For an explanation of Jewish Sacred Books of Law and Equity, see Appendix, p. 40.) The Mitzvah is Fulfilled When HEARING the Shofar Sounds The Sages indicated that the mitzvah was to hear the sounds of the Shofar. They go so far as to establish whether a person hears the actual sound or just the echo at the outside of the pit or cave; the bottom; and midway. The Shulchan Aruch sums up that if the hearer hears the reverberation, the mitzvah is not valid. However, if the hearer perceives the direct sounds, he fulfils the mitzvah. Mishnah Berurah 587:1-3. You can extrapolate this ruling to hearing the Shofar on the radio, the Internet, etc. as being invalid. In addition, if one hears the blast but with no intention of fulfilling the mitzvah, then there is no mitzvah. However, there is a minority decision on this point. If one blows with the intention that all who hear will perform the mitzvah, the mitzvah is valid. If someone passes by and does intend to hear the Shofar, he can perform he mitzvah because the community blower blows for everybody. If he stands still, it is presumed he intends to hear. (SA 590:9) When Can It Be Heard? The mitzvah of Rosh Hashanah is hearing the sounds of the Shofar. Mishnah 3:2; Josh 6:5. If one listened to 9 blasts during the nine hours of the day, one fulfills the mitzvah because it meets the Biblical definition. "When they will make a long blast with the horn at the Jubilee [when you hear the sound of the Shofar] Josh 6:5 Thus, the mitzvah applies to HEARING the Shofar. In addition, the mitzvah is valid if the Shofar is sounded by 9 different people, for each series of notes. See Arthur L. Finkle, Easy Guide for Shofar, Torah Aura, LA, 2002 For more information about Holy Temple instruments. We have three websites 1) Shofar Sounders WebPage http://shofar221.com 2) Joint Effort with Michael Chusid,an expert Shofar sounder and commentator http://www.hearingshofar.com 3) Shofar WebPage http://shofar-sounders.com If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to ask. Art Finkle and Michael Chusid Shofar19067@hotmail.com & email@example.com
Asked in Musical Instruments, Purim
Was a shofar ever blown after a victory?
The Israelites heard the shofar blown at the beginning of war, not at the end. It was an announcement of commencement, either of a fight, a ceremony, or a meeting. In modern history a shofar was famously blown when the state of Israel took control of the Western Wall during the Six-Day War. (See related links down below).