Rosh Hashana videos

Rosh Hashana is almost upon us, starting tomorrow night. Stay tuned for my Rosh Hashana post tomorrow morning, but until then, here are some cute videos to get you into the Rosh Hashana spirit, several of which I found at the Times of Israel.

From Aish.com, here’s a catchy, upbeat yet inspiring video: Get Clarity

If you want to hear the blowing of the Shofar, watch this video of a rather unusual Baal Tokea (Shofar Blower) in both unconventional get-up and in unconventional settings. But he certainly knows how to blow his Shofar!

For Israeli geekery go no further than the Technion who have come up with a rather unusual way of dipping an apple into honey!

For a final serious note, here is a beautiful video of the prayer “Salachti” (I have forgiven” by Brazilian Rav and mohel Micha Gamerman:

Wishing one and all Shana Tova u’Metuka. May we all be inscribed in the Book of Life for a happy and sweet New Year.

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8 Responses to Rosh Hashana videos

  1. tzfonit rechoka says:

    the last video is actually better suited to Yom Kippur- but never mind! Still a great video….

  2. peteca1 says:

    Ohhhh Anne – you made my day.
    You are cracking me up 🙂
    That whole Shofar video is an absolute riot.
    What a funny guy!!

    Lucky Israel doesn’t take the sound of a Shoar so seriously these days, right? I must say I am very impressed by the SIZE of his Shofar. But please, let’s not go into those details. HAHAHA!!!

    Pete, USA

    • anneinpt says:

      Glad you enjoyed it Pete. :-). The Shofar guy is funny but I liked the way that no one seemed surprised to see a guy in a hoodie blowing a shofar in the most unlikely places. Only in Israel!

      I’m not sure what you mean by Israel taking the sound of a Shofar seriously. If you mean it as a call to battle, then obviously, no, it’s not used for that any more. But it still symbolises a wake-up call, an alarm for repentance.

      PS – I took the liberty of moving your comment from the Hamas thread (where you’d obviously posted by mistake) to this thread.

  3. cba says:

    The part of the shofar video with the jets made me tear up, not quite sure why.

    • anneinpt says:

      It’s the adjacence (sp?) of our most ancient tradition – the Shofar – with our most modern technology, built to defend us from external enemies. It crystallises the essence of our living in Israel: without our Jewish history and traditions we have no reason to live precisely here; and without our army and air force we have no way of being able to live precisely here.

      It gave me quite an emotional jolt too.

  4. peteca1 says:

    anne – no offense intened with the remark “not taking it seriously”. it wasn’t a statement about your religion or culture. i was just somewhat amazed that nearby spectators on the street (see in the video) were totally ignoring this guy while he was blowing a rams horn. hahaha!! he hardly even got any strange glances. i suppose the fact that he was wearing a hoodie does contribute a non-traditional flavor to things 🙂

    it was actually interesting to hear what a ram’s horn sounds like. i’ve never heard one before. i was surprised that the pitch was so high … I somehow imagined that it had a deeper and more rumbling sound. so you have educated all of us with this video!

    Pete, USA

    • anneinpt says:

      Don’t worry, no offence taken with your remark Pete. I just didn’t quite understand what you mean by “taking it seriously” so my response may have come out too.. well… serious!

      Your reply above clarified for me what you meant. Yes, it is pretty funny how the Israelis in the video seemed to take the Shofar guy quite in their stride. Even though it’s not uncommon to see men blowing the shofar in the street in the month before Rosh Hashana, the Shofar street-guy was very unusual both in his attire and in his choice of locations.

      I never thought about the actual sound of the shofar before. It’s something I’ve grown up with so I never get it much thought. The sounds of course do vary to a certain extent, depending on the size of the shofar and on the person who’s blowing it. But yes, it’s a fairly high-pitched sound, not rumbly at all.

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