reflection by Rabbi Daniel Silverstein
“The Eternal One spoke to Moses, saying: Have two silver trumpets made; make them of hammered work. They shall serve you to summon the community and to set the divisions in motion” (Numbers 10:2)
The following verses state that these trumpets are blown to assemble the people and to signal their movement. They are blown in times of distress and conflict, and times of joy and celebration, to evoke Divine remembrance and connect the people to the Eternal.
The Maggid of Mezritch, the great leader of the second generation of the Chasidic movement, bases one of his most important teachings on this verse (see Or Torah 134). The trumpets, in Hebrew are called chatzotzrot. The Maggid, in a typically...