Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Blowing of the Shofar!!

A shofar is an instrument made from the horn of a ram or other kosher animal. It was used in ancient Israel to announce the New Moon (Rosh Chodesh) and call people together. It was also blown on Rosh Hashanah, marking the beginning of the New Year, signifying both need to wake up to the call to repentance, and in connection with the portion read on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, the Binding of Isaac (Genesis, chapter 22) in which Abraham sacrifices a ram in place of his son, Isaac.

L'shanah Tovah!!
Happy New Year!
A blessed, healthy and prosperous 5771!

1 comment:

R said...

I happened to see this Shofar picture. I really like it--I would like to know if I could include it in a pamphlet I'm making for a nonprofit organization? I can't figure out how to reach you--hope this gets through.