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Create ram’s horn, learn history at ‘Shofar Factory’

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Sounding the shofar is an ancient Jewish tradition.
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Children will make their own ram horns in preparation for the High Holidays. Participants will see how a ram’s horn is cured, measured, sawed, drilled and polished. The result will be a “shofar,” a semi-musical horn used by Jews on their New Year, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Learn how to sound the traditional notes.

Chabad of Lake Tahoe is introducing this inaugural educational program, designed to educate children and adults in the fundamentals of the ancient shofar.

“I believe that the ’hands-on’ approach is the best way to teach,” said Rabbi Mordechai Richler, co-director of Chabad. “With the High Holidays around the corner, now is the most preeminent time to do as the shofar — call out to G-d to bless us with a peaceful year of happiness and good health.”

The factory will be on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 4:15-5:45 p.m. at 1898 Venice Drive, South Lake Tahoe.

The Shofar Factory, a hands-on workshop, will help teach about the significance and history of the Shofar, an ancient instrument. As biblically mandated, it has been sounded by Jews around the globe on the holiday of Rosh Hashana for more than 3,000 years. It is the one biblical commandment associated with the Day of Judgment; Rosh Hashana.

The sounding of the Shofar is the climactic point of the High Holiday drama. In addition to rabbinical explanations for this commandment, Kabalistic sources credit it with softening Divine Judgment and dispelling the forces of evil.