Sunday, April 19, 2009

Halachah of Yovel

Mishnah Rosh Hashanah 3:4 Yovel is equal to Rosh Hashanah in blowing (of the shofar), and in blessings.

Question: Was this halachah ever observed?  Brachot were put in place during the time of the 2nd Beit HaMikdash.  According to most opinions, Yovel has not been in force as a mitzvah d'oraita since the time of the 1st Beit HaMikdash.  It would seem that the shofar would not be observed if Yovel were marked d'rabbanan, but the brachot could be recited during the musaf prayer.
I have not seen any evidence of this, I was wondering if anyone else had seen anything, or had any other insight.  Comments welcome.


  1. I take it as Pashut that the Shofar must be blown if the Berachot are said, and that implies Yovel mamash. The Mishna must have had in mind what will be when finally the Yovel will arrive, and judged that all three Berachot apply. Malchuyot because HaShem will be Melech Kol HaAretz. Zichronot because of the Galut. Shofarot because the Geula arrived.

  2. Good point. Plus there are maasim regarding the shofar and brachot for Rosh Hashanah, but none for Yovel. But perhaps one can say that all the maasim are from after the churban.

  3. Off topic: will your posts touch on the topic of harmony?

    You spoke of symmetry

    Me'et Husar HaTamid 3320
    Binyan Bayit Sheini 3408 (88 years later)
    2300 Years
    Kom HaMedinah 5708
    5796 (88 years later)

  4. This might be the time to write about harmony. Thanks for the suggestion. Thanks also for your question the other day. It made me add a small section about Keter.
    Nice observation.

  5. Great. I have a feeling that after you write a bit more, I should be able to make some sort of visual presentation to help understand it.