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What is the Shofar and why do we blow it?

A Shofar is a ram’s horn (or one made from another Kosher animal), and it is blown like a trumpet. It is customary to blow the Shofar every day during the Jewish month of Elul, except Shabbat, on Rosh Hashana and at the conclusion of Yom Kippur. Traditionally the Shofar was used to anounce the New Moon and to call people together.

The Shofar is created by cleaning out a ram’s horn, cleaning it and polishing it.  There are numerous symbolisms associated with The Shofar and it must satisfy a number of requirements to be deemed kosher. It must be natural, naturally hollow, and sound must be produced by human breath. 

The Shofar is symbolic of the Ram that Abraham sacrificed in place of Isaac, and today is used for spiritual  reawakening and a call to to penance.

CBDChabad Shofar Blowing Service

In order to help as many people as possible fulfill the Mitzvah of hearing the Shofar, we arrange Shofar blowing sessions both in public places, and in person for those who require it.

Throughout the month of Elul Rabbi Danny undertakes the blowing of the shofar, and brings it to as many people and places as possible, and on Rosh Hashana there are public, scheduled Shofar blowings to ensure that everyone meets this special Mitzvah.

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