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September 28, 2011

Shofar

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Shofar

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins tonight at sundown. The arrival of the holiday is marked in synagogues by the blowing of the shofar, an animal horn (typically a ram’s) that can be used to produce a sound similar to a trumpet’s.  This shofar was used at St. Paul’s Mount Zion Hebrew Association in 1856 by hazzan Lion Kalmon.  A hazzan is a Jewish cantor who leads a congregation in prayer.

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