The meaning of the sound of the Shofar

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The meaning of the sound of the Shofar

Shofar, which is known for its sounding 100 times during Rosh Hashanah, has a long, loud sound that ends on the first day of Yom Kippur. The blower needs to take a big breath before doing so to ake the shofar sound once the air blows out. This is known as the symbol of Rosh Hashanah and provides the message that one should see inwards to fix themselves to burst out and continue to the world. In this article, we will discuss the meaning and types of Shofar in detail, which has been are blown on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Meaning of sound of the Shofar
Before proceeding forward, let's understand the meaning of this sound in elaborate.
Rosh Hashanah is known for the Jewish new year, where the high holy days begin with Friday evening during sunset. This holiday was also called as shofar blast in Hebrew Bible in the Torah. The long sacred horn sound acts as an emblem and is the essential component.

There have been different theories about its symbolism and meaning. One of the references was in Genesis when Abraham was about to sacrifice his beloved son Isaac. There is a whole inspiring story behind it which you can look for the detail. The other theory which was found relatively common was about the message of breath behind it. To the kabbalists, it means breath which started with Adam and Eve. They compare the same by forcing the air or breathing through wind instruments while playing it.

Let us now discuss the types of Shofar and the meaning behind them.

Tekiah stands for a single blow with a loud blast. One can relate to it if they have seen a knight or court messenger while playing or blowing a horn with a long sound in the entry time of king during the movies. Tekiah is very much similar to it and is used to grab everyone's attention for the happening.

The next sound in the list, which is made out of Shofar, is shevarim. The sound of it is pretty similar to the voice of crying. Many scholars believe this sound represented tears, sadness, the joy of yet a year passing again.

The third on our list is truth, another type of sound that comes from shofar blower. It involves up to 9 rapid force or staccato blows. You can compare it with the sound of an alarm clock which one cant snooze on. This sound depicts a wake-up call of the new year.

Tekiah gedolah
The above three mentioned here are played throughout the service of Rosh Hashanah service. But at the time of the final combination, the shofar player ends up combining with tekiah gedolah. The last one comes as a great blast and is long enough for wrapping up.

You all must be aware of the consequences we suffered due to the lack of breath and ventilators in the past few months. Such numbers of natural disasters are high if counted down. There has been fire raging towards the west coast leading them to flee from their homes and the people fighting for suffocations due to the smoke-filled in their lungs, making it impossible to breathe.

This is where Shofar inspires us not to take our breath for granted and thank god each time we breathe. People should think about making the place better where every people can breathe out easily without any obstruction. The Shofar's sound with a stable oxygen flow gives one such reminder to do the right things; the incidence of an Abraham is a wake-up call or the noise that stirs you. There could be more explanations, but this one is the best for understanding the hidden lesson behind the Shofar.

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