Thursday, September 4, 2008

Shofar


This is an interesting picture of a Yemenite Jew Blowing the Shofar, or Sabbath Horn. It was created in 1934 by Matson Photo Service in Jerusalem.The photograph presents a stunning image of this sacred Jewish tradition. The Shofar is mentioned in the Bible in Leviticus 25: "Then you shall transmit a blast on the horn; in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, the day of Yom Kippur, you shall have the horn sounded throughout the land, And proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." The Shofar was made from a Ram's Horn, and was used to announce important events to the Jewish People. The horn is blown 100 times, and serves as a reminder to the Jewish People that Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son.

1 comment:

  1. Great picture! One correction...the shofar is not a 'Sabbath Horn'. In fact according to current Jewish law, it is prohibited to blow it at all on the Sabbath.

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