Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Hiyuv to Hear the Shofar

The Hiyuv to Hear the Shofar
Day: Thursday
Date: September 18, 2014
Parshat: Netzavim Vayelech
Yalkut Yosef: 584

All men are required to hear the shofar blowing on Rosh Hashana. Women are not required to hear it since this is a time bound mitzvah. It is customary for women to come to the synagogue anyways to hear the shofar blowing and answer amen to its berachot. A woman who has small children who will disturb the congregants is better off relying on the Halacha and not going to shul. Anyone who is not required to do a mitzvah may not fulfill another person's requirement. Therefore, a person who is completely deaf may not blow the shofar for others since he himself is not required to hear it. However, a person who wears hearing aids is required and therefore can blow for others as well.

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