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Anita Silverman Hirsch Z"l

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the Shofar but Were Afraid to Ask

At this time of year you are probably getting used to hearing Happy New Year, Shana Tova, and the words Rosh Hashanah bandied about and wondering what is this exactly. Rosh Hashana is a combination of penance and joy. It is hard to explain so I will share a short (2 1/2 min.) video I recently discovered that explains this weird holiday, and also contains the blowing of the shofar - the ram's horn - which I will talk more about after the video.

Now you are probably wondering what is the meaning of the shofar? The "shofar" is a ram's horn which is reminiscent of human vocal expression, and is supposed to awaken us to do the work of self-evaluation and introspection regarding the world, and our place in it, during the month prior to Rosh Hashanah, and the shofar is also integral to the High Holidays (Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur) services. And by the way it's harder to get a sound out of it than it looks. (Yes I tried and failed). But here are some examples of people who succeeded:

May we all be blessed with achieving our full potentials in the coming year of 5772, in our personal, professional, and spiritual lives. Shana Tova Vemetooka...May you all have a good year, as sweet as apples in honey.

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