Wednesday, April 26, 2017

When we are commanded to blow the Shofar?

We are actually commanded to blow 2 Silver Trumpets (not Shofars) that are supposed to remind us of the Shofar-like sound that happened when God talked to the whole nation at the Mt. Sinai. See Exodus 19:16, 19:19 and 20:18

We are also commanded to blow these 2 Silver Trumpets ON EVERY SHABBAT AND HOLY MEETING as well as other occasions. Not just on Yom Teruah. The difference in the procedure is that on Yom Teruah we make the Trumpets go through the whole land(Lev 25:9), while on Shabbats, Holy Meetings and other occasions we would blow the Trumpets locally.  Let's take a look:
YLT Num 10:2  'Make to thee two trumpets of silver; beaten work thou dost make them, and they have been to thee for the convocation of the company, and for the journeying of the camps; 
YLT Num 10:3 and they have blown with them, and all the company have met together unto thee, unto the opening of the tent of meeting. 
YLT Num 10:4 And if with one they blow, then have the princes, heads of the thousands of Israel, met together unto thee; 
YLT Num 10:5  'And ye have blown--a shout, and the camps which are encamping eastward have journeyed. 
YLT Num 10:6  'And ye have blown--a second shout, and the camps which are encamping southward have journeyed; a shout they blow for their journeys. 
YLT Num 10:7  'And in the assembling of the assembly ye blow, and do not shout; 
YLT Num 10:8 and sons of Aaron, the priests, blow with the trumpets; and they have been to you for a statute age-during to your generations. 
YLT Num 10:9  'And when ye go into battle in your land against the adversary who is distressing you, then ye have shouted with the trumpets, and ye have been remembered before Jehovah your God, and ye have been saved from your enemies. 
YLT Num 10:10  'And in the day of your gladness, and in your appointed seasons, and in the beginnings of your months, ye have blown also with the trumpets over your burnt-offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace-offerings, and they have been to you for a memorial before your God; I, Jehovah, am your God.' 
Please note that traditionally, religious Jews blow the Shofar as commanded only on Yom Teruah (Day of the Blast). However, as you can see from the verses above, it has to be done much more often. And we are supposed to blow 2 Silver Trumpets and not the actual Shofar (Horn of a Ram).

Also, please note that ONLY THE PRIESTS CAN BLOW THE TRUMPETS. Once again, only Levitical Priests have the authority to proclaim these events, not some rabbis or some other impostor authorities.


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