On Rosh Hashana [during the daytime] we must hear the sounding
of at least the first thirty of the prescribed blasts of the shofar -
the ram's horn.
The shofar, the oldest and most soulful of wind instruments, has many
meanings. Among them:
Listen to the Sounds of the Shofar (RealAudio files)
- It proclaims the coronation of G-d as King of the Universe.
- It "awakens" us to repent and return to G-d.
- It reminds us of the shofar heard at Mount Sinai, when we accepted
G-d's commandments for all time.
- It represents the simple, primal outcry from the depth of the
- It presages the call of the "Great Shofar" that G-d will sound
with the coming of Moshiach, who will lead us out of exile and
into our Holy Land -- speedily, in our days.
Note: One does not observe the Mitzvah of Shofar
by listening to the sounds on-line. They must be heard "live" on
Rosh Hashana. If you are unable to attend a synagogue on Rosh
Hashana, please contact your local Chabad-Lubavitch Center to arrange
a private hearing of the Shofar.