|Friday, August 29, 2014|
The parsha this Shabbat is Shoftim.
The Halacha corner - Blowing the shofar
The sounds of the Shofar are as follows:
The ''Teruah'' is 9 short sounds
The ''Shevorim'' is made up from 3 Shevorim, one after the other, each ''Shevor'' should be, in duration, like three short sounds of ''Teruah'', making the ''Shevorim'' the same duration as the 9 sounds of the ''Teruah''.
One should be very careful not to extend the duration of the ''Shevorim'' until each ''Shevor'' is like the 9 short sounds of the ''Teruah'' in duration, because in this case, even after the event, the Mitzvah of Shofar blowing was not carried out.
The sounds of the Shofar are all simple, and in the sequence ''Tekiah-Shevorim-Teruah-Tekiah'' each ''Tekiah'' should be like the duration of the ''Shevorim'' with the ''Teruah'', namely, 18 sounds.
In the sequence ''Tekiah-Shevorim-Tekiah'' each ''Tekiah'' should be like the duration of the ''Shevorim'' namely, 9 sounds.
Similarly, in the sequence ''Tekiah-Teruah-Tekiah'' during the Shofar blowing before the Additional service, one should sound the ''Shevorim'' with the ''Teruah'' in one breath, and so the announcer of the notes should also say them as one, "Shevorim-Teruah''.
In the Shofar blowing during the repetition of the Amidah, they should be sounded as in two breaths, but in any event, one should not make a break between them, rather follow one after the other in succession, the announcer of the notes should also read the two together.
The nine notes take up about 3-4 seconds, and the 18 about 7-8 seconds.
The wellsprings of the Torah - מעינה של תורה
By Alexander Zusha Friedman - 1897-1943
Devarim - Shoftim 16:20 צדק צדק תרדף
"Justice, justice shall you (surely) follow"
You shall surely pursue justice by just means,
the methods you use to pursue your goals must be just -
which is not the case with the gentiles, who say the ends justify the means - המטרה מקדש את האמצעים
Rabbi Simcha Bunim Bonhart of Peshischa (1765 - 1827CE)
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