shofar


shofar
/shoh"feuhr/; Seph. Heb. /shaw fahrdd"/; Ashk. Heb. /shoh"feuhrdd, shoh fahrdd"/, n., pl. shofars, Heb. shofroth, shofrot, shofros Seph. /-frddawt"/; Ashk. /-frddohs, -frddohs"/, Judaism.
a ram's horn blown as a wind instrument, sounded in Biblical times chiefly to communicate signals in battle and announce certain religious occasions and in modern times chiefly at synagogue services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Also, shophar.
[1860-65; < Heb shophar]

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horn
also spelled  Shophar,  plural  Shofroth, Shophroth, or Shofrot,  
 a ritual (ceremonial object) musical instrument, made from the horn of a ram or other animal, used on important Jewish public and religious occasions. In biblical times the shofar sounded the Sabbath, announced the New Moon, and proclaimed the anointing of a new king. This latter custom has been preserved in modern Israel at the swearing in of the president of the state.

      The most important modern use of the shofar in religious ceremonies takes place on Rosh Hashana, when it is sounded in the synagogue to call the Jewish people to a spiritual reawakening as the religious New Year begins on Tishri 1. The shofar can be made to produce sobbing, wailing, and sustained sounds in sequences that are varied strictly according to ritual. The shofar is also sounded on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, as a call for repentance and sacrifice and for love of the Torah.

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