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Torah As a D-vine document while an articulation of G-D’s will for the physical world still belongs to the realm of the eternal. Therefore, any commandment even if ostensibly inapplicable presently because of the exile still has relevance and instruction to offer.
BaMidbar 10:1-10 describes the 384th Mitzvah to fashion two trumpets that are to be sounded in Temple and in time of war.
Scripture describes how the trumpets are sounded daily during the sacrificial service, on holidays and as an alarm for war. Any time the nation needs to assemble and rally together. Rabbi Yehudah HaCohen ZT’L ZY’A in Yehudah Ya’aleh focuses on there being two trumpets. The Rabbi notes one is always confronted with choice , to follow either the Yetzer HaTov, what draws one towards G-D and the Yetzer HaRah what draws one after lusts desires and indulgences. Always one chooses even if the choice is subtle one chooses. Clearly one who pursue certain paths and generally chooses well still has a place where the choice exists. Writing on Shabbat may be out of the question but playing Monopoly may be a possibility. Having two trumpets sounded at critical times serves as alert to choose properly.
Rabbi Aaron HaLevi ZT’L ZY’A in Sefer HaChinuch when describing this commandment explained that one’s focus on a G-D centered awareness is tenuous. When offering sacrifices stray thoughts could invalidate the service. Similarly celebrations of the spirit on the holidays can spill over to expressions levity and hedonism. The same could said for times of turmoil disaster or war these are all times when maintaining one’s G-D awareness is tested and at the same time essential for success.
Therefore, as a reminder and inspiration the trumpets are to be sounded.
One would think developing good habit would be enough. Living a good life where one is careful and earnest in one’s observance one might think constant reminders are not necessary. The Torah is teaching otherwise, one needs consistent reminders. The Torah is not teaching one should not trust oneself. However, what the Torah is teaching is one’s faith needs constant inspiration like one needs food one needs feed one’s faith The trumpets like an alarm clock announce the start of a new day so does the trumpet wake one up to G-D’s presence in every aspect of one’s life.