Rosh Hashanah is a day of rest, casting off the old year and making wishes for a sweet new year to come. The average American engagement lasts sixteen months. Mix in a bowl the flour, salt and 1 tablespoon of sugar.
Maybe you are a member of a synagogue or havurah and you don’t need to worry about this. You have a ticket in your hot little hand because you paid your dues this year.
What my friend told me made me say to myself that I don’t have to be Jewish to celebrate the cleansing of my soul. I went home that night and asked my parents about what they felt and thought of me. I told them the same. What we found out about each other changed our views in my family so dramatically that we took our own long walk down to the river and cast aside bread. With each throw of our bread we told each other what we were sad about and what we asked forgiveness for.
According to the Mishna, there are two different forms of shofar used in the Temple. The first type, made of ibex horn and ornamented with a bell and gold, was sounded at Rosh Hashanah (New Year) and during the Jubilee (Yovel) Days. The other shofar was made of a ram’s horn ornamented with silver. This special shofar sounded on fast days. After the destruction of the Temple, the use of the shofar began to be exclusively used for religious ceremonies and events.
The bottom line is that I am not here to bash religion at all. Whatever you believe is fine with me. If you want to go to church every Sunday, go for it. If you want to go to Temple, more power to you. If you’re a Buddhist, good for you.
The terms shofar and shofars have been mentioned many a times in the Bible, in the Talmud and in the Torah. It is believed that during the Exodus, Moses blew the shofar from atop the Mount Sinai to gather all the Israelites. Since then the shofars have made their entry in the Jewish customs and traditions.
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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.