shofar

noun
sho·​far | \ˈshō-ˌfär, -fər\
plural shofroth\shō-​ˈfrōt, -​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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Some of the panels are a little out there, such as a drive to imprint the Golden Rule on Arizona license plates, but mostly the parliament resembles a colorful religious bazaar, with mandalas, shofars and whirling dervishes. Gordon Mehler, WSJ, "Common Ground for a Wiccan and a Rabbi?," 1 Nov. 2018 One of the most important ways people celebrate Rosh Hashanah is by blowing a horn made out of a ram's horn, called a shofar. Joshua Eaton, Teen Vogue, "Everything You Need to Know About Rosh Hashanah," 10 Sep. 2018 Jewish and Hindu participants blew a shofar and a conch shell, respectively, sending strikingly similar blasts resounding over the Mall. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "On the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, faith groups rally to combat systemic racism," 4 Apr. 2018 The service, in the vaulted Catholic church, opened with the blaring of a Jewish shofar, followed by an Islamic call to prayer made by Muezzin Hakeem Raheem of the Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Pastor of MLK's former church discusses King's legacy at interfaith event in Baltimore," 13 Apr. 2018 Blowing a shofar, the animal horn that is used in the Jewish New Year celebrations, while playing the piano with his left hand, Curran ended the performance on a ritualistic note. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "The extravagance of gabble: At the Other Minds Festival, sound poets find their own beat," 12 Apr. 2018 Shofar blasts: During the days leading up to Rosh Hashanah, a daily shofar blast will take place. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Faith Calendar," 1 Sep. 2017 At the end of the services, a shofar or ram's horn is blown to signal the end of Yom Kippur. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "What is Yom Kippur? How do Jews observe it?," 29 Sep. 2017 At the Jerusalem March, Jewish families stood at the edge of a holding area for participants, watching men in traditional Thai costumes blowing shofars and crowds of Finnish tourists singing Jewish folk songs. Emma Green, The Atlantic, "White Evangelicals Used to Dominate Christian Zionism, but Not Anymore," 20 Oct. 2017

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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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