The popular Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem has a new exhibition running – Sound of the Shofar.
About the Shofar
The Shofar (Ram’s Horn) is one of the most dramatic, inspiring and poignant of Jewish religious items in the annual cycle. It’s origins go back to the Binding of Isaac by Abraham in Genesis. Isaac is spared by Heavenly intervention and a ram is offered instead. From this moment on the Shofar has been associated with seeking Divine mercy. The Shofar is blown on Rosh HaShana (the New Year and beginning of the High Holidays – when the world and individuals are judged in the Divine court) and again at the conclusion of the holiest of days – Yom Kippur.
In the Bible we are instructed to blow the shofar in the Temple and in times of national distress and triumph.
Over the generations each community has blown the shofar on festivals and on other occasions. When the Old City of Jerusalem was reunited and The Kotel (Western Wall) returned to Israel in the Six Day War of 1967 the shofar was famously blown by military Chief Rabbi Goren.
Sound the Shofar Exhibition
The Sound the Shofar Exhibition traces the shofar throughout history and the Jewish world. There are a series of Shofars (Shofarot in Hebrew) on display – each with its own story. Also on display is the famous shofar blown by Rabbi Goren in 1967.
Sound the Shofar Exhibition – Details
The Sound the Shofar Exhibition is at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem’s Givat Ram area (directly opposite the Israel Museum). There are daily guided tours of the exhibition:
- English 10:30, Hebrew 11:00.
- Additional Tours on Wednesdays: English 17:30, Hebrew 18:00.
The Sound of the Shofar Exhibition is due to run until 29 February 2012.
The Bible Lands Museum
- Sun., Mon., Tues., Thurs. 9:30 – 17:30
- Weds. 9:30 – 21:30
- Fri. & Holiday Eves. 9:30 – 14:00
- Saturday: 10:00 – 15:00
- Holidays – closed
Bus Routes: 9, 17, 24, 99
See also the Bible Lands Museum Website