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The Shofar: The Sacred Sound of Judaism September 19, 2014
If Judaism has a sound, it’s the trumpet-like blast of the shofar, a sacred instrument made from an animal horn. According to the Hebrew bible, the shofar has framed some of the most important moments in Jewish history: it’s been there to announce revelation of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, to bring down the walls of Jericho and to celebrate the Arc of the Covenant. As we head into the Rosh Hashanah, when the shofar is blown during prayer services, we find out why this instrument has endured for so long.

Shofar virtuoso Jennie Litvack in our studios.

Jennie Litvack, shofar teacher at Adas Israel Congregation's Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington
Judah Cohen,
associate professor of Musicology and Jewish Studies at Indiana University Bloomington