The Sound of the Shofar

In a news story titled “Surgeon General Addresses OU Rabbanim Meeting,” that appeared on page 39 of the News section of the September 9 edition, a reference was made to a recommendation to cover the opening of the shofar during the tekios. Readers should be alerted to the fact that this idea can pose serious halachic issues, as a cover can alter the sound of the shofar and invalidate the tekios.

Shiya Friedman, Brooklyn, NY

Thank you for your letter. This recommendation, which actually suggests placing a surgical mask over the shofar, may be the position of the OU, but is not the universally accepted position. – Ed.