Monday, June 12, 2017

Did You Know (177)

DYING PIGS - TAKE OUT THE TRUMPETS

וכי תבואו מלחמה -- והרעתם בחצצרת (במדבר י: ט)                   

מצות עשה מן התורה לזעוק ולהריע בחצוצרות על כל צרה (רמבם הל' תעניות א:א)
ואם היה דבר בחזירים מתענין מפני שמעיהם דומים לשל בני אדם (שו"ע או"ח תקעה :ג)

The Rambam & Shulchan Aruch write there is a Mitzvah to blow
trumpets for every צרה not only מלחמה.

The Shulchan Aruch lists all the צרות where fasting and blowing
trumpets are required.

One of them is when there is an animal plague and the pigs die.
The reason for it is, human stomachs are similar to pig stomachs.

The (מגן אברהם (ס' תקעו  asks he doesn't understand why we don't
use trumpets today which is more important than fasting*.

*Trumpets is דאורייתא fasting is only דרבנן- see Rambam
The Pri Megadim, Ya'avetz, Chida, Shu"t Mishna Halachos & Shu"t Lehoros Noson

all try to come up with a reason why we don't do it today..

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