Thursday, June 09, 2005

The King/Queen is Here

Toward the end of Bameh Madlikin, we read about the blowing of the shofar to alert the populace that Shabbat is arriving. In addition to functioning as an alert to cease work and prepare for Shabbat, I think we can understand it in another way. As many believe, we are better able to feel God's presence on Shabbat. The shofar blasts on Shabbat can similarly be seen in this light. One understanding of the mitzvah of shofar on Rosh Hashanah is that they are used to signal God's coronation. The shofar blasts signal that the King/Queen is being crowned. In a similar vein, the shofar can also serve as an announcement that the King/Queen is approaching. Thus, the pre-Shabbat blasts can also serve as a call to everyone who hears that God's presence is arriving with the comming of Shabbat.
This reading would explain why these blasts are mentioned in the Mishnah in Sukkah (chapter 4 if I remember correctly) along with the other shofar sounds that were blown in the temple, even though the pre-Shabbat blasts appear at first glance to have no ritual function. But, in reality, these blasts are not just in order to prevent people from working but also to alert them to God immanent arrival for the Shabbat.

5 Comments:

At Thursday, 09 June, 2005, Anonymous mivami said...

archaeologists found a stone that belonged on the top of the temple walls for where the levite? priest?would stand to blow the shofar...

 
At Friday, 01 July, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you study Daf, then you are probably Ortho. A webmaster refused a Kiruv Rabbi a chance to omit the Dash in writing the English name for HaShem, since to that Webmaster the Ortho way is with a dash.

 
At Tuesday, 06 February, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At Saturday, 17 March, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At Wednesday, 25 April, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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