JERUSALEM, Israel – Israel is celebrating the fall feasts, a special season of biblical holidays. These
But there’s more to this season and the Bible points the way.
In the Book of Leviticus, it’s called Yom Hateruah, the day of the blowing of trumpets or ram’s horns –
“The only mitzvah, the only commandment during Rosh HaShanah, is actually to hear the sound of the
The piercing blast of the shofar is meant to remind the hearer to repent for his sins and make things
“The shofar is a musical instrument made from a horn,” Ribak continued. “This is the oldest musical
As part of the business, Ribak is the third generation of shofar makers at the same location in Tel Aviv
“We take the raw horn – the process is grinding, polishing…open [the] mouthpiece –and this is quick,
The ram’s horn is used as the traditional shofar because when Abraham showed his willingness to
“Actually all types of horns are kosher – except for the cow,” Ribak said.
That’s because the Jewish people don’t want to remind God of the time Israel worshipped the golden
Besides the distinctive tones of the different horns, there are three different blasts sounded.
The shofar is blown in synagoges and at the Western Wall each morning for a month before the holiday
“You and I both know that we need a lot of reminders in our daily life to repent, to think of the things
Ribak says its not just Jewish people who blow the shofar.
“A lot of Christians, a lot of Messianic people, evangelicals, they use the shofar, too,” he said. “We sell
Rosh Hashanah is the feast of the seventh month, but in Jewish tradition, it represents the New Year.
“At the coronation of the kings of Israel, the shofars would blow,” Michael continued. “They would
Michael says that’s a foreshadow for those who believe in Yeshua (Jesus).
“I know that often times in the Christian world, shofars are blown throughout the entire year but in