I was hired this year to do the shofar calls for the Rosh HaShanah celebration at the meeting of a synagogue without walls service. Thank you, Kelly Dean, for thinking about me for this. I enjoyed it!
Here’s a note from the Rabbi Scott:
Thank you so much for all you brought to our Rosh Hashanah morning service! You were terrific! I’ve never known that the shofar could sound like that!!
For those who don’t know how the shofar Rosh HaShanah service works, the calls each represent something specific. They are not just random blasts. There are three basic calls which are blown in response to the cantor. When the cantor sings “T’kiah”, the shofar plays on long note. According to the literature at the service, that one note represents wholeness…as in “once we were whole”. When the cantor sings “Sh’varim”, the shofar plays three long notes. When the cantor sings “T’ruah”, the shofar plays at least nine short notes. These represent brokenness. Then the cantor sings “T’kiah” again and the shofar plays the long note, which represents being made whole again.
The video above begins after the first T’kiah.
When I first spoke to the Rabbi, he asked if I had ever done the shofar before. I told him yes, but that it had been many years ago. It was actually several decades ago. But I did my homework and knew what I was doing by the time I got there.