sho·​far | \ ˈshō-ˌfär How to pronounce shofar (audio) , -fər \
plural shofroth\ shō-​ˈfrōt How to pronounce shofar (audio) , -​ˈfrōth , -​ˈfrōs \

Definition of shofar

: the horn of a ruminant animal and usually a ram blown as a trumpet by the ancient Hebrews in battle and during religious observances and used in modern Judaism especially during Rosh Hashanah and at the end of Yom Kippur

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Recent Examples on the Web The day ends with again blowing the shofar, symbolizing the closing of the Book of Life. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Sep. 2021 Synagogues will also blow a shofar, a curved ram's horn, during Rosh Hashanah. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2021 Rosh Hashanah begins with the blowing of a shofar, or ram’s horn. al, 6 Sep. 2021 Rosh Hashanah begins Monday at sundown, customarily with the blowing of the shofar, the ram's horn, a sound traditionally meant to wake up people from their slumber, or perhaps in this year's case, quarantine. Ryan Prior, CNN, 6 Sep. 2021 Rabbis have also interpreted the loud blast of the shofar as a wake-up call for the new year. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2021 Congregation B’nai Tikvah holds in-person High Holiday services and celebrations with traditional blowing of the shofar (ram’s horn) at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 and 10 a.m. Sept. 7, led by Cantor Larry Kornit at 2510 Gateway Road. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Aug. 2021 Traditional practices that are usually offered at the synagogue, such as certain prayers or the blowing of the shofar (a musical horn), were made available at parks earlier in the pandemic, said Shmully Litvin, the rabbi's son. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, 13 Aug. 2021 And with communal shofar blowing posing unique health risks this year, congregants are being encouraged to make their own using a ram’s horn, a saw and a drill. Ben Harris,, 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of shofar

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shofar

Hebrew shōphār

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15 Oct 2021

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“Shofar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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