Every year on Rosh Hashanah morning, we prepare for the blowing of the shofar by engaging in prayers and readings on three themes prevalent during the High Holy Days: Malchuyot (sovereignty), Zichronot (remembrance), and Shofarot (revelation). Over the next three years at Temple Micah, we will engage deeply with each of these themes during the month of Elul. This year during Elul we will focus on the theme of Shofarot.
The sound of the shofar blast holds a great deal of power and transcendent meaning in Jewish tradition, from the Torah through today. The sound of the shofar awakens us, calling upon each of us to hear its cry during the High Holy Days. Every day during the month of Elul we will send out a text from Jewish tradition about the shofar. These texts represent the wide scope of Jewish tradition, from the Torah and rabbinic literature to contemporary scholarship and poetry. As you read each text, think about these guiding questions:
- What are you being called for this year?
- What needs to be awoken within you?
- If the shofar could speak, what would it say?
Upon reading each text and thinking about these guiding questions, we invite you to share your own thoughts on shofarot by emailing or by dropping them in the box in the Temple lobby. The month of Elul is a time for renewal and reflection, and we hope that these daily texts from our tradition will serve as a source of guidance and invigoration for you as we approach the High Holy Days. We hope that the blasts of the shofar will hold new and thicker meaning for you as together we engage with these texts over the next 39 days.
Readings are provided by Temple Micah for the personal use of congregants. They are not for reproduction or other use without permission and attribution.