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Shofar sounds and Jewish unity

The shofar sounds that we blow on the High Holidays take on a new meaning this year as we enter the holiday.

Traditionally, the notes tekiah, shevarim, and teruah represent different notes of cries. This idea of crying is meant to stir our conscience during the time of Rosh Hashanah to confront our past errors and return to God who is ready to accept our contrition. However, due to Covid-19, the shofar sounds can be seen as a comforting sound. It represents the comforting sounds of community, although incredibly smaller this year, will mark an act of unification. Wherever we can connect to a s...


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