Shofar in a group of women


Hello and shanna tova,
In a situation where there are only women would it be more ideal for each woman to blow for themselves or for one woman to blow for them all. Would it be appropriate for each of them to recite a blessing for themselves or one woman to bless for them all. This is a scenario where there are no men available.


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Asked on September 5, 2021 5:48 pm
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Common practice in a group of only women where no man is available is for one woman to blow for all, since halachic consensus is that the mitzva is to hear the shofar, not to blow it. This is also ideal since, frankly, most people (of any gender) are not able to blow as Halacha requires.

The question of how many women should ideally recite the beracha is a little more complicated, since there are those who question whether the principle of one person reciting a beracha for all, glorifying God en masse, applies to women. Though practice here varies, our article on blowing shofar cites the viewpoint of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach that these principles do apply to women, and therefore one woman recites the beracha for all women present in this situation (or when a man who has already discharged his own obligation blows for a group made up only of women).

Shana tova u-mtuka!

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Answered on September 5, 2021 5:54 pm