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Rosh Hashanah Shofar

In ancient times the shofar was sounded to announce a new month. The horn of a ram is most often used for making a shofar because it is much like the story of the sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham, an event which, according to tradition, is believe to have happened on Rosh Hashanah.

Shofar Blowing

There are three types of shofar blasts that we hear during Rosh Hashanah.




Tekiah – One long blast of the Shofar





Shevarim – 3 short blasts of the Shofar





Teruah – 9 short fast blasts of the Shofar


Before the Shofar is blown a special blessing is said:

Shofar Blessing

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheynu melech ha-olam, asher kid-shanu bemizvotav vetzivanu lishmo’ah kol shofar.

I praise G-d, who is King and Ruler over all, who commanded us to hear the sound of the shofar.



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