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Should I drive to hear the shofar if I don't live in walking distance from Shul?

If you’re asking this question, then you already know that driving on Rosh Hashanah (as on Shabbat and other holidays) is forbidden. You also know...

Why do we blow the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah?

There are many meanings to the shofar-blowing. In fact, the leading Jewish sage in the tenth century CE, Saddia Gaon, listed ten major ones, each with a...

May I listen to the shofar via telephone?

1. It is forbidden to use the telephone on Shabbat or holidays. 2. Even if it would be permitted to use the telephone on Rosh Hashanah, listening to...

Why do we blow the Shofar during the Month of Elul?

Hey “Moses,” I have got an important question for you! Why is it that starting from the month of Elul we begin blowing the Shofar? Indeed,...

How could the sages forbid blowing the Shofar when Rosh Hashanah is on Shabbat?

Good question. But the same Torah that says to blow shofar also says that you should listen to the sages (Deuteronomy 17:8-11, especially 11) and they say...

What is a shofar?

A. A shofar (pronounced SHOW-fur) is perhaps the oldest wind instrument known to man. Made of the hollowed horn of an animal, usually a ram, it is blown...

What are the different sounds of the shofar?

Tekiah, shevarim, teruah. A tekiah is one long blast1 ; a shever is a set of three short blasts; a teru’ah is a set of nine rapid blasts.

Why don't we blow Shofar on the day before Rosh Hashanah?

The entire month of Elul, the Shofar is blown every day (with the exception of Shabbat). However, on the day before Rosh Hashanah the Shofar is not blown....

Why don't we blow the shofar when Rosh Hashanah comes out on Shabbat?

In the Talmud  The Babylonian Talmud1 considers the Shabbat suspension of the Shofar to be of Rabbinic origin. Biblically, the shofar is to be...