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    Shofar Blowing

    The 4th Shofar of False Redemption

    Back in 1934, Rav Kook delivered a famous speech in which he described the various motivations of Jews to return to Zion – and compared them to three different shofars. I would opine that today, a fourth shofar has been added, one that is actually dangerous for the process of the national return to their holy homeland, even as it is disguised by its proponents as part of the Redemption process...

    Elul 27 5782
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    Shofar Blowing

    What Do the Different Sounds of the Shofar Signify?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Elul 4 5781
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    Parashat Hashavua

    Great Shofar, Weak Sound

    based on Aroch Siach, Yamim Noraim, p. 106

    based on Aroch Siach, Yamim Noraim, p. 106

    Rabbi Shaul Yisraeli zt"l | Elul 26 5780
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    Bemare Habazak - Rabbis Questions

    100 Blasts for the Homebound

    Because I am in the “at-risk” population, I will not go to shul for Rosh Hashana. I know how to blow shofar. Should I blow for myself 30 kolot, as is usually done for those who cannot make it to shul, or is it better to do 100? If the latter, should I do 31-60 during Mussaf and the rest later, or all later?

    Rabbi Daniel Mann | Elul 26 5780
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    Shofar Blowing

    Is That Shofar Kosher?

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | Elul 18 5780
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    The Coronavirus Pandemic

    How many shofar blasts must we hear on Rosh Hashana?

    Rabbi Stewart Weiss | Elul 14 5780
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    Shofar Blowing

    Does a Shofar need a Hechsher?

    An in-depth review of what makes a Shofar kosher and how to buy the right one.

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | 5772
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    Shofar Blowing

    Shofar Sounds

    Rabbi Berel Wein | 5771
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    Shofar Blowing

    Two Shofrot

    Rabbi Berel Wein | 5771
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    Shofar Blowing

    When Tekias Shofar Goes Wrong

    Various Halachot of the Shofar blowing, The Seder of the T'kiot, How long should the Tkiah, Truah and Shevarim be? Halachot of woman with Shofar blowing and more...

    Rabbi Yirmiyohu Kaganoff | 5768
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    Shofar Blowing

    The Laws of Blowing the Shofar

    The Jerusalem Talmud relates that the enemies once heard Jews blowing the shofar during morning prayers. They thought it was a war cry and attacked the worshipers. Therefore, the sages instituted that the shofar be blown during the Mussaf prayers.

    Rabbi Eliezer Melamed | Thursday, 23 Elul 5767
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    Shofar Blowing

    “One Thing I Asked” – No Confusion

    The verse “One thing I asked of God” represents the essence of our spiritual task in the month of Elul. “That I dwell in the House of God all the days of my life” - just this. No confusion. When this is the case, Divine assistance is granted.

    Rabbi Avraham Shapira Zt"l | 5766
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    Shofar Blowing

    Praying for the Big Shofar

    Rav Kook pointed out that there are three different of shofar. Each one of them represents a different type of redemption. This message is as relevant today as it ever was.

    Rabbi Gideon Weitzman | 5764
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    Shofar Blowing

    Blowing the Shofar, Together

    We have the custom to blow the shofar throughout the month of Elul as a preparation for Rosh HaShanah. The shofar comes to wake us up but also to gather us together in order that we can return to God together.

    Rabbi Gideon Weitzman | 5764
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