Shofar-blowing (Hebrew: תקיעה בשופר) is a religious duty of Rosh Hashana and the days leading up to Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).

The Shofar is a horn of a ram used for Jewish religious purposes.


In the month of Elul, the month before Rosh Hashana, we start making our way back to

G-d. The sound of the shofar is the wordless cry of the soul, yearning to break free of the prison of the mundane.
It is also believed that the Shofar-blowing meant to confuse Satan about what day is Rosh Hashanah and prevent his negative thoughts.

Shofar – a horn used in jewish holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

The Shofar is mentioned more than 70 times in the Bible in various contexts and functions:
In the Book of Joshua 6:1-20, Judges 3:27, Samuel A 13:3, Exodus 29:16-19 and also in Isaiah 27:13:


” וְהָיָה בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא, יִתָּקַע בְּשׁוֹפָר גָּדוֹל, וּבָאוּ הָאֹבְדִים בְּאֶרֶץ אַשּׁוּר, וְהַנִּדָּחִים בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם; וְהִשְׁתַּחֲווּ לַיהוָה בְּהַר הַקֹּדֶשׁ, בִּירוּשָׁלִָם”.

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great horn shall be blown; and they shall come that were lost in the land of Assyria, and they that were dispersed in the land of Egypt; and they shall worship the LORD in the holy mountain at Jerusalem.”

There are 4 ritual Shofar sounds:


• T’key-ah – A long blast beginning in musical mid-range and finishing as a high note.
• Shvarim – Three staccato blasts. The duration of all three together is the length of a T’key-ah.
• True-ah – A long ululating “wailing” sound.
• T’key-ah Gdolah- A  T’key-ah that you continue as long as you can. It comes at the end of the series of calls. T’key-ah Gdolah is usually the last Shofar call.



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