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Sign Up Below To Learn How To Blow Shofar!

We are working on several ways to bring some of the high holiday spirit into your homes (or outside your windows at least) this year. During the month of Elul and on the 2nd day of Rosh HaShanah we will send teams of Shofar blowers around the community to help others fulfill their obligation to hear the Shofar in-person, but we need volunteers! If you are someone who has always wanted to learn how to blow shofar now is your chance.  Our very own Jenny Longman will work with you and a few others on the skills necessary to be a superstar Shofar blower. Previous experience with brass and wind instruments is a plus but not mandatory. No musical background required. Classes will be held via Zoom on Tuesdays in July (beginning July 14th) at 8pm. Sign up below!


Previous Experience

There is no previous experience required, but if you have ever played a brass instrument, you should be able to pick up the shofar much more quickly! Wind instrument experience is also helpful. Please indicate your experience level in the sign up form below. If we are able to, we will split our groups up by experience levels.

If you have happen to have a trumpet or French horn mouthpiece, that is a good tool to practice with!
 

Purchasing a Shofar

When purchasing a Shofar, we want to encourage you to find a shofar that you like and to compare prices on various websites. The larger shofarot (kudu/antelope/Yemenite) are typically much easier to play but more expensive. Rams’ horns are officially the preferred horn, but it’s a far different blowing experience. Here are some links to get you started:

https://www.eichlers.com/holiday-store/high-holiday-store-1/rosh-hashanah/shofars.html
https://www.bethelnr.org/about-us/judaica-gift-shop/
https://www.judaica.com/rosh-hashanah/shofars.html
https://www.ajudaica.com/category/128/Shofar/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0OGTopCJ6gIVRtyGCh1PmwfzEAAYASADEgKAVfD_BwE

If you are curious about the permissibility of using certain types of animals for the Shofar, please see the following halakha according to Rabbi Yosef Karo in the Shulchan Aruch:

"The Shofar of Rosh Hashana should be from a ram, bent; under extreme circumstances, all shofars are kosher, whether straight or bent, however, the mitzvah is better fulfilled with a bent one rather than a straight one; the shofar of a cow may not be used; similarly the horns of most wild animals, as they are a bone and have no hollow inside, may not be used. (Similarly, the shofar of a non-kosher animal may not be used-Rabbeinu Nissim)."
 

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Sun, July 12 2020 20 Tammuz 5780