Watch: Boris Johnson tries - but fails - to blow shofar

UK PM tries to blow shofar ahead of Rosh Hashannah holiday, during visit in Labour stronghold in North England.

Marcy Oster, JTA,

PM Boris Johnson visits Doncaster market
PM Boris Johnson visits Doncaster market
REUTERS

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attempted, and failed, to blow a shofar while on a visit to northern England.

During a visit on Friday to meet voters in the Labour stronghold of Doncaster, Yorkshire, the newly minted prime minister was approached by a woman who invited him to “blow the holy shofar.” She explained that the instrument, which she said is “like a trumpet,” is from Israel.

Johnson expressed concern about whether he is allowed to blow the holy instrument, used by Jews on Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur and during the month leading up to the high holy days, and the woman responded that “God has authorized you.”

The exchange was posted in a video online by Britain’s Channel 5 News.

Johnson was not able to get a sound out of the instrument, but managed to utter the age-old pun “Shofar so good,” before handing it back to the woman.

Johnson previously tried to blow the shofar in 2011, when the mayor of London, during a ground-breaking ceremony for London’s new Jewish Community Center building in Finchley, North London, which took place the day before Yom Kippur. He managed to get a sound out of it that time, after a short tutorial by then-chief rabbi Jonathan Sacks.




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