Voices: Introduction

Sep 4th, 2011 by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays
This series, Voices, will focus on verses that describe different voices, whether the voice of God speaking to us, the voice of the prophets, or our voices addressing God. I hope to use each voice as a practical strategy for listening to the voice of the shofar during Elul, and on Rosh Hashanah.

“My voice is raised to the Lord and I cry aloud, my voice is raised it to the Lord and He gives year to me (Psalms 77:2).” The Seforno explains the repetition of, “My voice is raised to the Lord,” as underlying the dual aspect of Israel’s prayers; we beseech to save us from the direct persecution of the enemy and to alleviate the in direct suffering of the exile, caused by economic and social problems.

There is a separate voice for each suffering. There is a separate voice for each aspect of the suffering; each of its direct and in direct consequences for us. We do not need to cry out to God only in general terms. We sound the shofar over and over as if 2 point out each detail of our suffering. We use the shofar as an expression of each and every emotion we feel in our relationship with God. There are so many soundings of the shofar between Elul and Rosh Hashanah because there are so many different voices deep inside of us waiting to be expressed. All the different voices of the shofar are to encourage us to express all the voices of all our different emotions and experiences as we approach the coronation of the King on Rosh Hashanah.

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