Shlach Lecha: Chapter 30

Three sounds that are never lost


Rabbi Shimon wishes to know about the echo, and he is told about three sounds, besides the sounds of Torah and prayer, that never get lost. These are: 1) the sound of a woman in labor; 2) the sound of the person when the soul escapes its body; and 3) the sound of a snake when it sheds its skin. These sounds, which are all of pain, linger in the air and wander around the world. When a person raises his voice those sounds are awakened, although the voice of the snake can only be aroused when a person beats something. One kind of sound follows its own kind, so on the day of Rosh Hashanah the sound of the Shofar awakens the sound of another Shofar.