I davened mincha yesterday at a Moroccan Shul (I was out and that was the nearby Shul). They blew shofar before mincha.
Is this always done or was it an erev Rosh Chodesh thing?
What’s the basis for this minhag?
Lots of inyanim on this question and I’m not aware of any single answer. I’ve heard its a rosh chodesh minhag at some Sephardeshe shuls but certainly not all.
If we read literally the last phrase of this pasuk, Uvayom simchaschem ovamo’adaychem ovaroshei chodshaychem”, we might think it was done during z’man beis hamikdash but NOT after curban bayis sheini. Perhaps some sehphardeshe shuls have instituted monthly blowing l’ zecher limikdash.
Also the pasuk תקעו בחדש שופר בכסה ליום חגנו could be read to mean Rosh Hashana and not every rosh chodesh.
There are probably lots more explanations I’ve never heard.
Might have something to do with them “doing” Yom Kippur Katan.
It could be as tthere is a minhag to make Yom Kippur Katan for a time of teshuva at least twice a year, they blow shofar to wake people up.
Mashiach is coming!!!
This is NOT a Moroccan custom. Not a Sephardic one.
@Yabia Omer, then where does the custom come from? I
Chassidim don’t hold that blowing shofar will accelerate z’man Moishiach. The only thing that is known to work is to run up an down Eastern Parkway with yellow flags. As noted in the OP, this shofar thing is entirely a Sephardeshe minhag
I can assure you that it is not a Sephardic or Moroccan custom. Perhaps that particular shul adopted it.