Moishy at our Shofar Factory 2009

Inauguration Festivities, Jewish-Style

This Shabbos is the final Shabbos of the year and on Saturday night (at midnight) we begin reciting special prayers called Selichot for the New Year.

The highlight of Rosh HaShanah is the Mitzvah of blowing the Shofar.  The Torah tells us to blow the Shofar and does not tell us the reason behind it.  Maimonides teaches that it is a wake up call to the soul urging us to become better in the New Year.

The Chassidic Masters teach that the Shofar is similar to the trumpets that are blown at the coronation of a new king.  They explain that on Rosh HaShanah, Hashem renews his kingdom and relationship with us.  This can be seen in the Rosh HaShana service in which many of the prayers talk about Hashem’s kingdom over the world.

This they explain is the reason for blowing the Shofar, just as the trumpets at a coronation are an expression of the joy of having a new king, so too, the Shofar is the cry of the heart thus expresses our  heartfelt desire the Jews have that Hashem should become our King for the new year.

May we all be inscribed for a year of life and blessings for the coming year!

About Rabbi Pesach Scheiner

Rabbi Pesach Scheiner is the Rabbi of Boulder County Center for Judaism. In addition, he teaches extensively throughout Boulder County and is the author of "Finding the Joy in Everyday Living," a book of short chapters explaining the ways to access happiness through appreciation, gratitude, and a sense of purpose.

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