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Ring Around The Shofar

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Topic: Children, Coming Close to Shofar Blowing

Jeffery Gold from Stamford, CT wrote:

Dear Rabbi,

There is a practice I have seen in many synagogues during the High Holidays for children to come up to the bimah for the blowing of the shofar. Where does this come from?

Dear Jeffrey Gold,

It is an expansion of the custom to bring the children to the synagogue in order to educate them in the practicing of mitzvos. They come closer so they can more easily see and hear the shofar. However, if this practice causes a disturbance it should be abolished.

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