The Deep Meanings of the Shofar

The Deep Meanings of the Shofar by Rav Yehuda HaKohen

Man’s universal recognition of HaShem as the timeless ultimate Reality without end is achieved through the story of the Jewish people and the fulfillment of Israel’s historic mission.

Since the time of our liberation from Egypt, the Hebrew nation sounds the shofar to inaugurate the new year. Rabbi Avraham Yitzḥak HaKohen Kook explains that the order of the shofar blasts – tekia, shevarim-terua, tekia – describes the inherent substance of all world events.

From the perspective of humankind, the blasts actually parallel HaShem’s stature in the world as perceived throughout the annals of history.

The initial shofar blast, the simple and constant tekia, symbolizes how the Kadosh Barukh Hu’s Divine Ideal was evident and manifest prior to the sin of Adam and during the periods when Israel enjoys independence in our homeland.

The intermediate irregular shevarim-terua blasts are broken sobs of weeping that represent the difficult historic intervals when Jews are exiled from our country and must struggle for the political independence so vital to fulfilling our national mission.

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