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Generally speaking, we tend to hear the blasts of the shofar (the ram's horn) in synagogues, during the Hebrew month of Elul; during which Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur occur. The first link above will give you some background, and you will be able to hear the traditional notes.

So, there I was on a warm Saturday afternoon, on the streets of my city when I heard the some very untraditional shofar blasts. The black man, wearing a tallis-the prary shawl-was standing on a corner, holding a very wide and intricate shofar and either calling us all to prayer or sounding the alarm, preparing us for war (the other known use for the instrument; Joshua's troops trumpets as they circled the walls of Jericho. When he was finished, he removed the hand from the polished horn, pointed to the sky, removed the shawl and moved on to Union Square Park, where he repeated the process.

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the one to Youtube, will offer you an idea of ​​what I have sounded like (interesting to compare to the samples offered in the text link, me, in my city, I think one should go to the links, read and listen) p>

An interesting note: when I went to Youtube, a huge number of the links to shofar samples were posted by Christian evangelical and fundamentalist groups, and by far the largest number of comments were mentioning the chill the poster felt (something the Jews in the shuls know as well), but putting it in the context of what they expect to hear at the second coming. I found their comments very interesting, and I found this image on black to be dyn-o-mite.

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