Rosh Hashanah

Submitted by ub on Wed, 09/16/2020 - 22:46

While teaching communications at an Orthodox Jewish Yeshiva in Queens, NY, בית מדרש לתלמוד I was asked by one of my Rabbinical students if I had ever blown a Shofar. I then thought it was a trick question, but I learned that a shofar is supposed to be a chaotic, helpless wail. 100 blows. To the gut.

Shofar is an ancient musical horn typically made of a ram's horn, used for Jewish religious purposes. Like the modern bugle, the shofar lacks pitch-altering devices, with all pitch control done by varying the player's embouchure. The shofar is blown in synagogue services on Rosh Hashanah and at the very end of Yom Kippur, and is also blown every weekday morning in the month of Elul.

Rosh Hashanah is an important religious holiday that celebrates the Jewish New Year. Typically occurring in September or October of each year, it is observed for two days by most Jews and features a number of unique customs.

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Monday, September 28