sho·​far | \ ˈshō-ˌfär How to pronounce shofar (audio) , -fər\
plural shofroth\ shō-​ˈfrōt How to pronounce shofroth (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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Shofar Chorus Rehearsal: Sunday, Sept. 22, at 11:30 a.m. Bring your own shofar or borrow one of ours., "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 16 Sep. 2019 One blew the shofar, a ram’s horn used for Jewish religious purposes., "Even so, the board is scheduled for a vote on the proposal at 5:30 p.m. Monday. It’s the only item on the agenda.," 14 Sep. 2019 For this workshop, Gutnick teaches students all about the shofar and then demonstrates the process of making one, which includes sawing, drilling, sanding and polishing. Sergio Carmona,, "Honey bee workshop gets children busy for Rosh Hashanah," 13 Sep. 2019 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 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,, "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,, "The extravagance of gabble: At the Other Minds Festival, sound poets find their own beat," 12 Apr. 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

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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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