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What is a Shofar?

In this article:

  • What Is a Shofar Horn?

  • When to Blow the Shofar

  • What the Shofar Blowing Means to Us

  • Shofar Blowing Procedure

  • Who Needs to Hear the Shofar?

  • What Constitutes a Kosher Shofar?

  • Other Occasions

  • Final Thought

What Is a Shofar Horn?

A shofar is a trumpet made from the horn of a kosher animal with the marrow removed. The central mitzvah of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) is to hear the shofar being blown—often in synagogue, ideally as part of the prayer service. This year, listen to the blowing of the shofar on Sept. 20, 2020.

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