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What is a Shofar?

The Shofar, a trumpet or horn, was used in ancient Israel to summon assemblies, to rally troops and signal in wars, to announce important events, and at holidays such as Rosh Hashanah. In the Bible The Shofar is mentioned...

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How to buy Mezuzahs

What is a Mezuzah? The Mezuzah (Me-zu-zah’ – accent on last syllable – plural Mezuzot ) is a small case containing a small hand written parchment scroll (called a klaf). The scroll contains the words of the...

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Origin of the Shofar

Real Origin of the Shofar’s Significance: The Rabbi’s Rule Arthur L. Finkle Although the Mishnah cites the origin for the sounding of the Shofar based in the Hebrew Scripture, the actuality is that the Mishnah and Talmud...

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Kippah Guide

The Kippah, which is also known as a yarmulke or skullcap, is a circular piece of cloth used to cover the head. The Kippah is a symbol worn by Jewish men to show modesty and fear of God. Jews, who believe in the existence of the...

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What are Tzitzit? Tzitzit is the Hebrew word for fringes. In the Jewish world, Tzitzit refers to the tassels worn by observant Jews. It is a positive commandment for Jewish males to wear Tzitzit. They are worn under one’s...

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What is a Mezuzah?

What is a Mezuzah? Mezuzah is a Hebrew word meaning doorpost. However, it is used to refer to the parchment contained in a small case attached to the doorposts of Jewish homes worldwide. The Mezuzah serves as a constant reminder...

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Sounding of the Shofar or Trumpet?

Arthur L. Finkle If we believe archeological findings, the frieze on the Arch of Titus in Rome, depicts the captured hatzotzerot (trumpets) from the Jewish Second Temple being borne in triumph among the other sacred objects....

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Medical Issues of Shofar Sounding

Shofar sounding is akin to Trumpet playing is the sense that the two principal attributes are the embouchure (musculature of the lips and facial muscles), the wind generation and the agility of the tongue. Insofar as wind...

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Shofar History

In Biblical Times: The first association with the concept of ram’s horn appears in Akeidat Yitzchak, or “The Binding of Isaac”, when the ram took the place of Yitzchak as a sacrifice. The ram’s horn is...

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