Rabbi blows shofar
Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown.
It heralds the Jewish High Holy Days, 10 days of reflecting on the themes of repentance, forgiveness and hope, ending with Yom Kippur.
Cohen (pictured at right) said the person who typically blows the shofar, a ram’s horn, during the temple’s holiday services is ill. So this year, the task has fallen to the rabbi to perform.
“I’ve been practicing,” Cohen said.
“When you have to do something, it’s amazing how quickly we can learn something.”
The shofar is traditionally blown to proclaim the beginning of Rosh Hashana.
Other traditions include eating apples and honey to symbolize the wish for a sweet new year.
Special services held during the High Holy Days include the Yizkor service, which is the custom of remembering the souls of the deceased and generally includes contributing to charity in their memory.
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