Shofar During Selichot

The Daily Halacha Moment - Shofar During Selichot 📯


״כל השונה הלכות בכל יום - מובטח לו שהוא בן העולם הבא״ (נידה עג ע״א, מגילה כח:)


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Question:

Does one blow the shofar during the Selichot?


Answer:

Some Sepharadim have the custom to blow the shofar during the recitation of the Thirteen Middot and the end of the last Kaddish, and in some communities, even more than one person blows the shofar. [1]

However, one should refrain from this practice, as the recitation of the Thirteen Middot is greater than the shofar blowing, especially if the shofar will wake up those who are sleeping in the surrounding buildings. [2] A minyan that is not willing to forego its custom of blowing the shofar, though, should only have one person blow it. [3] Some communities have the custom to blow the shofar after the reciting the selichot. Many Ashkenazim have the custom to blow the shofar after Shacharit during the month of Elul.


Sources:

[1]. See Kaf HaChaim §13. This was also the custom in Morocco, as brought in Netivot HaMaarav, Chodesh Elul §21; the custom in Tunisia, as brought in Brit Kehunah, Maarechet Samech §10 and Sefer Alei Hadas 8:3; and in Teiman, as per the Shulchan Aruch Mekutzar, vol. 3, 109:4.

[2]. Chazon Ovadia, Yamim Nora’im, p. 24, in the footnotes ; Yalkut Yosef, Yamim Nora’im, p. 46; ibid., Moadim, p. 16.

[3]. Yalkut Yosef, Yamim Nora’im, p. 46.

See also Laws Of The Holidays - Nacson.


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