Mishkan HaNefesh, Rosh Hashanah, p. 136
As we are commanded to hear the blast of the shofar, we reflect on the emotions the sounds stir within us. This poem celebrates the sound of the shofar, placing the moment in our individual lives and the history of the collective Jewish people.
Shofar- The Voice of Community Belonging to Israel is in itself a spiritual act. ¬- Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Blessed are we, blessed our gathering, as we open our hearts to the voice of the shofar. Happy are we who hear its call to return – the sacred trumpet of t’shuvah. Blessed are we held close by an ancient sound that echoes l’dor v’dor - from generation to generation. Happy are we who know its embrace, its season of celebration, its quest for connection and purpose. Holy is the gift of community, blessed the act of belonging.
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