One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A ram's-horn trumpet used by ancient Jews in religious ceremonies and as a battle signal, now sounded at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
- ‘He opposed circumcision, wearing of skull caps or prayer shawls, or the blowing of the shofar - in short just about anything traditionally Jewish.’
- ‘We study with our eyes, mouth, and brain, eat matzah with our mouths, listen to the shofar with our ears, and wear the tefillin on the arm and head.’
- ‘And no rabbi feels compelled to tell his congregants about the importance of coming to hear the shofar on Rosh Hashana.’
- ‘Positive commandments include activities such as blowing the shofar on Rosh Hashana, the study of Torah, the wearing of the tallit, etc.’
- ‘Because it was the eve of Rosh Hashana, the image of a shofar flashed through my mind, and I recalled a Biblical story I'd learned in school.’
- ‘When the shofar blows at the end of Yom Kippur, we are, for that moment, our full potential self.’
From Hebrew šōp̱ār, (plural) šōp̱ārōṯ.
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