A central theme of the upcoming Jewish holiday is the blowing of the traditional ram’s horn trumpet, the shofar. As a young boy I remember the beginning of the school year and the heavy weight that came with it. Transitioning from summer fun to classroom days was not easy! One morning, I overslept only to be awakened by the blast of the shofar right above my bed. Frightened, I jumped up and saw my father (of blessed memory) with a smile on his face. “We blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah in order to wake us up,” he announced. “I see it works in the bedroom too, and not just in the synagogue!”
Sometimes, the slumber which we experience is not in our beds, but within us. We can forget, or even neglect, the giant inside. But Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time to wake up, and the shofar is our signal to do so. “Awaken, reveal and bring out your strengths that are within you” (Isaiah 52:1). Additionally, the root of the word shofar – from the word…



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