Saturday, September 29, 2007

The shofar, most commonly a ram's horn, is the only Jewish musical instrument that survived two millennia in its original form and is still used at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (10 days after Rosh Hashanah). The shofar had several religious roles recorded in the Hebrew Scrip tures, such as the transfer of the ark of the covenant; the announcement of the new moon; the begin ning of the religious new year; the Day of Atonement; the procession preparatory to the Feast of Tabernacles; the libation ceremony; and the havdalah ceremony marking the end of a festival.

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