I may celebrate something else or I may be an atheist. The other shofar was made of a ram’s horn ornamented with silver. The terms shofar and shofars have been mentioned many a times in the Bible, in the Talmud and in the Torah.
Shofar is a traditional, Jewish blowing horn. This horn is usually that of a ram. For ages, this blowing horn has been used in various Jewish rituals and religious ceremonies. Rituals like Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah involves blowing of the shofars. Blowing of the shofars is also widely prevalent in many customs held at synagogues.
Saturday is the most popular day of the week for weddings. However, it is always a good idea to consider religious observances. For devout Jews and Christians, weekend ceremonies may not be an option. The good news is that weekday wedding are much cheaper for everyone. Not only are reception halls more affordable during the week, but hotel rates are also cheaper. Of course, we are only talking about small savings here. If you truly have your heart set on a Saturday wedding, it doesn’t make much sense to switch to another day just to save a few hundred dollars.
So our first reading tonight recalls God’s commands to Moses before the Israelites observed their first Passover, the one done literally on the verge of flight from their slavery in Egypt. “The first month of the year” does not refer to the start of the Jewish calendar year; as is well known, Rosh Hashanah occurs in the fall. But Passover, in the middle of Nisan, begins the Jewish liturgical year. Their seder is a “re-presentation” of all that happened to them; they are to regard themselves as being themselves in Egypt, about to be liberated from physical slavery, ready to flee as soon as they receive the word.
September 17th is Citizenship Day. Also known as Constitution Day, September 17th recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. Throw a party to celebrate national heritage, or have a dinner party in honor of friends who have recently become citizens.
I asked what many of the celebrations were like and he said that his family has celebrated ever since he was a young boy. Rosh Hashanah wasn’t for a couple of more days but he wanted to get in the spirit early and his family has a week-long cherishing of the event that includes eating apples and honey with bread.
Let the finished dough loaf sit out at room temperature for another 45 minutes and brush on an egg wash and sprinkle poppy or sesame seeds if desired. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.
While most craft and discount stores won’t have a ram’s horn handy, there are many other ways to make your crafty wind instrument. For younger children, opt for the paper tube method, a coned birthday party hat. For older children, you may want to try the paper mache method. For the small children, simply shape your tube into a cone or just remove rubber and frills from the birthday hat. Once you have a cone shape, decorate! For more advanced children, take a wavy balloon and cover with paper mache. Once the paper mache dries, pop the balloon with a pin and remove it from the center of the paper mache. Add a cone shaped mouth piece and your child will have a very cleverly fashioned shofar to show and share.
Just before the days of Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur, clean these blowing horns must be cleaned with warm water. This is done to remove any bad smell that might still surround the horn. Special care has to be taken after blowing the horn. This is because, while blowing the horn, the saliva from your mouth will get accumulated in the inner portion of the horn. The bacteria in your saliva will interact with the animal tissue and may give out an unpleasant odor. To prevent it, apply bio degradable odor neutralizer spray on the horn. The spray will remove the odor. Also make sure to wipe the horn thoroughly after each single use. If possible, place the horn in specially made stands or inside velvet wraps. These will ensure that your shofar will stay just fine and ready for the next ritual.