As shluchim and Anash brush up on their shofar-blowing skills, Rabbi Yisroel Shmotkin, founder and executive director of Lubavitch of Wisconsin, points out a common error to avoid.
By Anash.org staff
As shluchim and Anash prepare for Rosh Hashana by brushing up on their shofar-blowing skills, Rabbi Yisroel Shmotkin, founder and executive director of Lubavitch of Wisconsin, points out a common error to avoid.
“A few of us, fellow friends and shluchim ‘שי, have observed that a number of those who present the laws of t’kias shofar, followed by an actual demonstration of blowing the shofar, miss an essential point which is, in fact, contrary to their very own presentation of the halochos.
“I am referring to the law of the length of the sh’vorim, which is supposed to be the length of 3 t’ruos. However, there is a common error made by many that after properly blowing the first two sh’vorim they blow two very short sounds, which are actually two t’ruah-like sounds – totally missing the third shever.
“(This is done with the intent to add the additional sound after the third shever, mentioned in the Shulchan Aruch. However, it’s יצא שכרו בהפסדו, because without paying special attention to the appropriate length of the third shever, the very basic requirement is missed).
“Following is a sample of the way the shofar should be sounded.”