Category: Shofar

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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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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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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Shofar Playing Technique

The Day of Sounding the Shofar There is normal anxiety when you go to bed the night before and the day of Rosh Hashanah for a Shofar player. This obviously is normal for someone who will play in front of an entire congregation,...

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