Monday, September 20, 2010

Sounding the Shofar

Steve Grossman sounds the shofar on Saturday in accordance with Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. The shofar, an instrument that has been around more than 5,000 years, is usually made from a ram's horn. In biblical times, it was used to announce a big event, and during Yom Kippur, to proclaim liberty throughout the land.

Photograph by Christine Weerts

10 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

Very interesting photo and thanks for the short explanation of the holiday! I saw it on my desk calender and didn't get to google the meaning.

Small City Scenes said...

Ah yes, I can hear it now. MB

Jack said...

Thanks for the posting. For more than 40 years, I have lived in cities with large Jewish populations, even though I am not Jewish. I appreciate having the culture of people with differing beliefs explained and illustrated. Nice photo.

Rambling Round said...

Thanks, Jack. I'm not Jewish either, but Selma once had a significant Jewish population.

afinkle221 said...

Video "How to Play Shofar"

http://tinyurl.com/29qhh3g

hobbledog said...

The colors are so beautiful! Was this taken early morning?

Rambling Round said...

Thanks, hobbledog. The photo was taken in the afternoon, and as you can tell, it was very bright!

Marie said...

I like the photo and the story. I had never heard of the shofar although I have always been so much interested in Jewish culture (I have lots of Jewish friends).

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

We should archive the city daily photo shofar sightings HERE!

Greensboro Daily PHoto

http://www.greensborodailyphoto.com/2010/09/rosh-hashanah-2010.html

Jerusalem Hills Daily Photo

http://jerusalemhillsdailyphoto.blogspot.com/2009/09/sound-shofar.html

could there be more?

Vicki said...

We use a Shofar at our church, but we are not Jewish. It makes a beautiful sound.