Did You Know? Countdown to Rosh Hashanah 2009 (09/13)

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Rosh Hashanah &
the Jewish High Holy Days

Sept 13 : 05 days to Rosh Hashanah

Did you know that a shofar, the world’s oldest wind instrument, is ritually blown on Rosh Hashanah?

The piercing sound of the shofar, which is made from a hollowed out ram’s horn, serves as a clarion call to worshippers to repent. It is the one musical instrument that has not changed in over 5,000 years.

Come Blow our Horn! Welcome in the High Holy Days by blowing our shofar!

Rosh Hashanah begins a 10 day period, known as the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora’im, a time of penitence and prayer that ends with Yom Kippur. Jews worldwide are given these 10 days to repent for their sins and ask G-d for forgiveness.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Rosh Hashanah and the Jewish High Holy Days. Please join us!

Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Friday September 18, 2009.

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