Sunday, September 7, 2008


I was in shul the other day. At the end of our morning services we all got to hear the great rams horn. When I first heard it I was thinking "Elul is here.....Shoots Yom Kippur is coming". Then I was thinking "I have to repent on all those sins I've made". I then was interrupted with the unworthy of a "Shofar blowing" sound.

This sound was not a typical shofar blow. No. It was far from it. Usually in a good blow you have this (hard to explain in words) fullness and power in it. Like a clarinet being played real well. Instead I got this air going through a tube which was being broken up into three parts then nine. Even the easier Tekiah (one full long blow no breaks) wasn't good.

So I wondered are you considered yotzei the mitzvah of shofar if the blow isn't a in full power and just air running through a tube?

6 people gave their 2 cents:

Lion of Zion said...

no mitzvah to hear it in ellul, so what's the difference?

Mikeinmidwood said...

Lion O Zion

I was gonna write "on Rosh hashana are you yotzei". Are you yotzei on rosh hashana?

G6 said...

If it got you to contemplate doing Teshuva and reminded you of the upcoming days, it obviously served its purpose ;)

Mikeinmidwood said...


True but it was the actual thought of the shofar not the shofar blow that got me thinking.

The Babysitter said...

Really Rosh Hashona isn't about doing Teshuva, it is about being Mamlich Hashem as king.

I think so long as you know the purpose, and the person truly tries then you are yotze.

Mikeinmidwood said...


From what I have heard the first day is all about Mamlich Hashem and the second day is for you to daven for a good a year.