Can a Shofar blower get germs from the mouth of the previous blower of that Shofar?
Most certainly, you can get germs! That’s why it is almost universally wiped or cleaned off after one uses it (or should be). Not the mistaken notion that the baal tokaiah is shaking off any siliva that is in the shofar and will disrupt the sound.
Is it always cleaned between blowers?
Goq – i am really surprised that ur post went through!!
mods – what gives?
@gefen: Me too!!!! Whenever I write something not too kosher, the mods never allow it…I have E.E. –Editorial Envy!!!
walton – yeah i think they play favorites. how can we become “teachers/mods pets”? anyone wanna give us some pointers? should we bring an apple or something? 🙂
but i really do think that comment should not have been allowed here. no offense Goq. i wouldn’t wanna hurt a neighbor.;)
I guess i slipped one pass the goalie 🙂
I agree gefen it was over the top but once in a while u have to try and push the envelope.
P.S. we are not neighbors I’m from Chicago but don’t live there now.
Is anyone concerned about it?
Not fair! I missed The Goq™’s post!!
Maybe Goq can repeat it.
Hmm if i try and repeat it im sure it will get modded again but it was pretty funny and risque.
This is the most maddening thread ever… 😛
Goq, you actually still remember what you posted so long ago?
How do you wash the shofar?
Water, Wine or Vinegar. 2 weeks before Rosh Hashanah I usually fill the inside with vinegar, leave overnight, and rinse with water.
The sofar typically isn’t washed down between one minyan and the next, or even every day that it is blown by different people.
My shul has only 1 minyan and I use my personal shofar.
I’ve made a shofar from scratch. The last worry is the germs of the previous blower.
Imagine scooping out reeking matter from an ram’s horn then placing your lips on there. Baruch Hashem someone kissed it first. That’s one generation of lips farther from the source.
I’d be last in line for that shofar in a heartbeat.
One who does a mitzvah will not be harmed.
mik5: True, but the mitzvah is to “hear the sound of the shofar”, not the actual blowing.