Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Rosh Hashanah &
the Jewish High Holy Days
Sept 23 : 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 5772 begins at sundown on Wednesday September 28, 2011.
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