Temple Institute Rabbi: ‘Jews Came From All Of Israel To Blow The Shofar On Shabbos’

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Rabbi Yisroel Ariel, the leader of the Temple Institute, shared insights with Israel National News regarding the unique occurrence of blowing the shofar at the Temple Institute on Rosh Hashanah, which coincided with Shabbos.

Rabbi Ariel noted, “There was significant interest in participating in the observance of the shofar blowing on Shabbos. Families traveled from various parts of the country, including Tzfas, Bat Yam, Efrat, and Yerushalayim neighborhoods. Some even embarked on long journeys to join the shofar blowing ceremony at the Temple Institute.”

Halacha prohibits shofar blowing on Shabbos to prevent any Shabbos violations related to carrying the shofar to shul. However, Rabbi Ariel claimed that this restriction did not apply to the ceremony at the Temple Institute, which differed from the customary 100 shofar blasts heard in shuls worldwide on Sunday.

Rabbi Ariel shared, “Approximately a hundred individuals participated in the prayer, representing diverse backgrounds, including Sephardim, Ashkenazim, religious Zionists, and charedim. Distinguished scholars from the Mir Yeshiva were also in attendance, engaging in a discourse about the shofar blowing methods in Bavel and Yerushalayim. Ultimately, they sought to elevate the mitzvah, with members of the Mir Yeshiva following Rashi’s described order for shofar blowing. Surprisingly, rabbis from Mea Shearim, who typically do not partake in events with religious Zionists, also attended. Among the attendees was a young boy named Malachi, of Bar Mitzvah age, well-versed in all aspects of the shofar, who came with great enthusiasm, accompanied by his parents.”

Rabbi Ariel recounted the shofar blasts themselves, stating, “A session of the Beis Din was convened to ensure that the shofar blowing occurred during their meeting. During the shofar blowing, seven members of the Beis Din were present and explained the halachic aspects of the blasts to the audience before commencing the shofar sounding. According to halacha, the Beis Din establishes that this day is indeed Rosh Hashanah, and Hashem abides by the earthly court’s decision. Consequently, after the tribunal proclaimed ‘The new month is sanctified!’ three times, the entire assembly responded, ‘It is sanctified!’ and proceeded to blow the shofar themselves.”

The service took place in the ‘Chamber of Hewn Stone’ hall within the Temple Institute, with approximately 71 chairs available for seating. Rabbi Ariel remarked, “The rest of the participants stood. It was genuinely a historic event, marking the fourth occurrence of such an event. We initiated this practice in 2007, continued it in 2018, and decided to do it once again. In the past, our audience was limited, but this time, there was significant interest. I authored a book on this subject titled ‘Shofar and Lulav on Shabbos,’ a book that resonated so strongly that discussions were held in several localities on whether to revive these practices.”

Rabbi Ariel mentioned that a minyan also gathered near the institute, where they conducted their tefillos. “In the Jewish quarter, another minyan of Lithuanian Jews also renewed the mitzvah. Thus, two minyanim in the Jewish quarter observed shofar blowing on Shabbos.”

{Matzav.com Israel}



  1. Is this man a reform rabbi? If Chazal had only known that driving to hear Shofar was preferable, as per this fellow’s p’saak, they would have likely changed their position! I guess Chazal weren’t as smart as this guy.

    • Who drove there on Shabbos? The article says they came from all over to hear the shofar. They could have been in Yerushalaim from before Yom Tov, and stayed until after the zman. Why do you feel that it’s necessary to suggest chilul shabbos?

  2. A session of the Beis Din was convened to ensure that the shofar blowing occurred during their meeting.

    Only the RIF held that our Battey Din of non-semuchim can blow shofar on Shabbos.

    R’ Akiva Yosef Schlesinger also blew shofar on Shabbos in Yeruslayim with svoras why it should be blown in there . There are all sorts of rumors about which gedolim did or did not support, or did or did not come to hear. But l’maaseh it never got public support from Gedoley Torah living there and one thing is certain. In the previous generations people like the Ramban did not blow Shofar on Shabbos in Yeruslayim, Therefore it’s unlikely to be correct to do so

  3. This is the result of a group that has no Mesorah. They just make it up as they go along. When Eliyahu HaNavi will come with Moshiach, he will also come with a Mesorah from his teachers.


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