Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
haaros

Haaros

Parshas Netzavim/Vayeilech 5759

Outline Vol. 3, # 32

by Rabbi Yaakov Bernstein


The Shofar and Chibuv Mitzva

The main mitzva of shofar is during the musaf prayer. The Talmud in Tractate Rosh Hashanah, however, concludes that the shofar should be sounded an extra time in order to confound the Soton (the accusing angel). As a result, the shofar is sounded prior to musaf. At this time, the brochos for the shofar are recited.

Rav Tzvi Pesach Frank (Mikraei Kodesh) described the Soton's confusion according to Rashi: Our repetition of the mitzva, which shows how dearly we hold the mitzvos, confounds the accuser. In fact, the opinion of Rashi is that the brochos recited before performing mitzvos are for this purpose alone -- to demonstrate the great love that we have for the mitzvos. According to the custom of the Sefardim, the Chasidim, and others, the shofar is to be sounded during the shemona esreh (the silent prayer) of musaf. One could not recite the brocha over the shofar at that time, because it would constitute an interruption. Therefore, the Rabbis decreed an extra sounding of the shofar, in order to allow for the brocha.

According to the custom of the Ashkenazim, however, the shofar is only sounded during the repetition of the musaf, and a brocha could have been recited then. Here, the previous explanation does not hold. Undaunted, Rav Tzvi Pesach Frank presented another solution. The mitzva of the brocha and the mitzva of the shofar itself could have been fulfilled at the same time -- during the repetition of the musaf prayer. Performing the mitzva an additional time, however -- purely in order to recite the brochos -- serves the purpose of showing the beloved quality of the mitzva.

The month of Elul is a preparation period for Rosh Hashanah. Not only neglected mitzvos should be emphasized, but those which we are accustomed to perform, as well, should be performed in an exemplary manner.


Rabbi Yaakov Bernstein
11 Kiryas Radin
Spring Valley, NY 10977
Phone: (914) 362-5156
E-mail: yaakovb@torah.org

Good Shabbos!


Text Copyright © '98 Rabbi Yaakov Bernstein and Project Genesis, Inc.



 






ARTICLES ON YOM KIPPUR:

View Complete List

Yom Kippur
Shlomo Katz - 5773

Yom Kippur and the Pathways to Joy
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

Shabbos Shuva - A Year-long Effect
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

ArtScroll

Ideas for Inspiration
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

Are We A Role Model for the World?
Rabbi Yosef Kalatsky - 5764

The Holy of Holies
Rabbi Label Lam - 5774

> Completing The Process
Rabbi Moshe Peretz Gilden - 5764

Did You Hear?
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5763

Yom Kippur
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

To Avoid the Rough Road!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

On A Personal Note
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5773

Growing Through the Holidays: Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkos
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5774

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Must it Be the Same Old Me?
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

Jonah's Dilemma
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5771

Repentance: A Story
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

Jonah’s Dilemma
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5768



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information