Monday, September 25, 2006

Practically Speaking


Rav Tzvi Pesach Frank in Mikroei Kodesh (32) writes that Reb Akiva Schlesinger maintained that even nowadays there is an obligation to blow shofar in Yerushalayim when Rosh Hashana occurs on Shabbos. There are those who maintain that Rabbi Schlesinger actually practiced in accordance with his opinion and when Rosh Hashanah occurred on Shabbos, Rabbi Schlesinger blew shofar. Rav Frank wonders if there is any reason for one to hear shofar blasts nowadays if he knows of someone who was blowing shofar when Rosh Hashanah occurs on Shabbos. The first question that needs to be addressed is if Rabbi Schlesinger’s opinion is halachically valid. Even if the halacha is not in accordance with the opinion of Rabbi Schlesinger, perhaps one fulfills a biblical obligation of hearing the shofar blasts even if the one blowing shofar is violating a rabbinical prohibition. Rav Frank initially compares this issue with our Gemara. If one does not fulfill his obligation of dwelling in a Sukkah when sitting in a Sukkah that is on top of an animal, this would be proof that one cannot fulfill his biblical obligation if there is a rabbinical prohibition involved.

6 comments:

David said...

Go here www.seforim.blogspot.com for an intressante discussion about who Rav Akiva Shlessinger was, and lots more.

David said...

I should have noted that the article in the link above is mainly about Rav Akiva Shlesinger. However, the article links to a fascinating post about blowing teh shofar on Shabbos. He discusses the various piyutim discovered in the Cairo genizah about how they - ancient communities - would blow the shofar on shabbos. (They had a special method of tying it to the bimah, so nobody would carry it). Intressante stuff all around.

Avromi said...

yasherkoach - good stuff

ben said...

The Rif blew in his Bais Din on Shabbos that occured on Rosh HaShanah. (Ran in 3rd perek of Rosh HaShanah)

Avromi said...

For a full discussion of the rif, see here http://menachemmendel.blogspot.com/2006/09/blowing-shofar-on-shabbat.html

Avromi said...

For a full discussion of the rif, see here http://menachemmendel.blogspot.com/2006/09/blowing-shofar-on-shabbat.html