Monday, September 10, 2012

Blowing the Shofar on the New Year 80 Years Ago --
Republishing a posting from last year

Yemenite Jew blowing the shofar (circa 1935)
"Blow the Shofar at the New Moon...Because It Is a Decree for Israel, a Judgment Day for the God of Jacob"  - Psalms 81

Jews around the world prepare for Rosh Hashanna next week, the festive New Year holiday when the shofar -- ram's horn -- is blown in synagogues. 

The American Colony photographers recorded a dozen pictures of Jewish elders blowing the shofar in Jerusalem some 80 years ago.  The horn was also blown in Jerusalem to announce the commencement of the Sabbath.  During the month prior to Rosh Hashana, the shofar was blown at daily morning prayers to encourage piety before the High Holidays.   
Ashkenazi Jew blowing the shofar to announce the Sabbath

Yemenite Rabbi Avram, donning tfillin for his
daily prayers, blowing the shofar

View the American Colony Photographers' collection of shofars in Jerusalem here.

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  1. Hi, I'm looking for a photo of Jews in ma'abarot (tent cities to house refugees) for publication in a US newspaper. How can I obtain one?


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