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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Definitions for shofar

  1. a ram's horn blown as a wind instrument, sounded in Biblical times chiefly to communicate signals in battle and announce certain religious occasions and in modern times chiefly at synagogue services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

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Citations for shofar
On the last Rosh Hashanah Spencer celebrated in the temple, he convinced Rabbi Zimmerman to let him bring in the New Year with a call from the shofar that would rattle the windows. Paul Beatty, Tuff, 2000
... I cannot conceive of anything on earth would upset her more than if she missed hearing the shofar blown at synagogue. Sholem Aleichem, "The White Scape Hen," Nineteen to the Dozen, translated by Ted Gorelick, 1998
Origin of shofar
A shofar or ram’s horn is blown during the Jewish high holy days of Rosh Hashanah (usually September) and Yom Kippur (ten days after Rosh Hashanah). Shōphār in Hebrew means “ram’s horn”; the development in meaning is ram (the animal) to ram’s horn to this horn used as a musical instrument. Shofar entered English in the 19th century.