Updated: Nov 16, 2021
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Have you ever heard a Shofar?
Listen to this video by one who considered one of the best Shofar blowers in the world and hear his story.
The Shofar is an ancient musical horn usually made of a ram's horn, used for Jewish religious purposes. The shofar lacks pitch-altering devices so all pitch control is done by varying the player's breathing. Shofars come in a variety of sizes and shapes, depending on the choice of animal and type of finish.
The Shofar is mentioned frequently in the Hebrew Bible, the Talmud and rabbinic literature. The first reference is in Exodus 19, the blast of a shofar coming from the thick cloud on Mount Sinai makes the Israelites tremble in fear.
“The Torah” refers to Rosh Hashanah as the “day of the [shofar] blast.
The Torah does not specify why to blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah. However, Rabbi Saadia Gaon compiled a list of 10 reasons for this special mitzvah:
On Rosh Hashanah we coronate G‑d as King of the world. The shofar’s trumpeting call heralds this exciting event.
Its piercing wail serves to awaken slumbering souls that have grown complacent.
It evokes the shofar blasts that were heard when G‑d descended on Mount Sinai and gave us the Torah.
It echoes the cries of the prophets who urged Israel to mend their ways and return to G‑d and His commandments.
It reminds us of the war cries of our enemies as they broke into the Temple in Jerusalem and destroyed it.
Made of a ram’s horn, the shofar recalls the near-sacrifice of Isaac, who was saved when G‑d showed Abraham a ram to bring as an offering in his stead.
Its loud piercing sound humbles us and fills us with awe before G‑d.
It foreshadows the day of judgment at the end of days, which the prophet describes as “a day of shofar and alarm against the fortified cities and against the high towers.”2
It gives us hope, mirroring the sound of the “great shofar” that will call together the Jewish people who are scattered to the corners of the earth at the time of the coming of Mashiach.
It reminds us of the Revival of the Dead, about which we read, “dwellers of the earth ... a shofar is sounded you shall hear.”3” From Chabad.org
For Jewish believers in Yeshua the realization upon hearing the shofar, is joy in the knowledge that we acknowledge the seriousness of our sins and have heard and received the good news—that God has atoned for our sin, and that He delivers us from death through the sacrifice of our righteous Messiah.
So, take a few minutes and listen to The Voice of God!