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The Shofar is a musical instrument, usually created from a ram’s horn (or that of any kosher animal), used by the ancient Hebrews in war and during events of special significance. The shofar is the legendary horn that “blew down the walls of Jericho,” allowing the wandering Hebrews to take the city.

The shofar is blown to signal the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, the most important feast day in the Jewish religious calendar. The shofar is blown 100 times in a specially prescribed manner to commemorate the Holy Day.

The shofar is also blown at the outset of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, as directed in the Book of Leviticus:

“Then you shall transmit a blast on the horn; in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, the day of Yom Kippur, you shall have the horn sounded throughout the land…And proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”

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