For as long as I can remember we have had a Shofar in our house. Kind of an odd thing to have, the horn of a Ram, an ancient instrument of Jewish music, but someone gave it to me years ago and I had it mounted over the fireplace, in a place of honor next to my Didgeridoo, Rain Stick and Native American Flute.
This Rosh Hashanah for some reason I was inspired to try to blow the Shofar at our holiday dinner. I knew I could get a sound out of it (I have played the trumpet since I was a kid) but I did not remember the actual tones and rhythms of the “calls.” We live in an amazing time, where one can simply go to YouTube and type in “how to blow the Shofar.” There I watched a short video clip of a rabbi blowing the horn, explaining the calls and what they signified. What a fantastic addition to our holiday gathering, and what a wonderful way to bring in the New Year.