Sounding the shofar

שופר‎

Rosh Hashanah ראש השנה‎ or Head of the Year is also described in the Torah as Yom Teru’ah ,יום תרועה , the Day of Sounding the Shofar.

To help you in fufilling the mitzvah of sounding the shofar to welcome in the New Year of 5773, WIJC will have a shofar available for community use at the upcoming tashlich gathering.

For those that wish to blow the shofar correctly, the order to practice is as follows:

The shofar-blower recites two blessings, and then blows a set sequence of three kinds of blasts: 1) Tekiah—an uninterrupted blast lasting for several seconds. 2) Shevarim—three medium-length blasts. 3) Teruah—a minimum of nine very short blasts.

Within a synagogue the minimum of blasts to be heard to meet the mitzvah is 100, outside (such as in diaspora on a Whidbey beach) you can be considered good to go after hearing a minimum of 30.

 

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