How to spook Satan with a Shofar
Last night we revisited the belief that one of the reasons you blow the shofar on Rosh Hashana is that it confuses Satan who then cannot concentrate on bringing accusations against you before the Heavenly Court. You see, the rabbi told me, the Heavenly Court is kind of set up like the courts on Earth, except you don't get a defense attorney.
Despite my better judgement, I pointed out to the rabbi that since we are not Manichaeans, we believe that Satan is only doing the work that he was assigned by G-d to do. Assuming that G-d wants him to bring accusations against us, and assuming the shofar really messes him up, we are really going against what G-d wants us to do. He'd have to declare a mistrial.
I was then told that really G-d intentionally built in loopholes into this judgement process to give us as many opportunities to "get off the hook" as possible. This made no sense to me, since it really doesn't sound like a loophole to disrupt the process of judgement, but rather some type of miscarriage of justice. But anyway, I was told that the concepts are very different from how humans perceive justice anyway, at which point I was confused about the purpose of bringing up this analogy in the first place.
Best not to think about it, I think.