Israel's History in Pictures: Blowing the Shofar

Blow the Shofar at the New Moon...Because It Is a Decree for Israel, a Judgment Day for the God of Jacob" - Psalms 81

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Lenny Ben-David,

Shofar Jerusalem 1944
Shofar Jerusalem 1944

Jews around the world prepare for Rosh Hashana this week, the festive New Year holiday when the shofar -- ram's horn -- is blown in synagogues. 

The American Colony photographers recorded a dozen pictures of Jewish elders blowing the shofar in Jerusalem some 80 years ago.  The horn was also blown in Jerusalem to announce the commencement of the Sabbath.  During the month prior to Rosh Hashana, the shofar was blown at daily morning prayers to encourage piety before the High Holidays.   

Ashkenazi Jew in Jerusalem blowing the shofar to announce the Sabbath

Yemenite Rabbi Avram, donning tfillin for his
daily prayers, blowing the shofar.

View the American Colony Photographers' collection of shofar blowers in Jerusalem here.

Have a happy and healthy year!