Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Shofar and other musical instruments of Rosh HaShanah


"This holiday [Rosh haShanah] is different from all of the other appointed times, in that we blow the shofar on this day. The shofar is always a sign of fright; we normally blow the shofar on fasts for rain or for any other trouble, times when we do not play musical instruments. On Rosh HaShanah, though, the Levites play music in the Beit haMikdash and we also blow the shofar, such that the shofar blast does not frighten the nation."

(Malbim to Tehillim 81:2)

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