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Kol Ha'shofar (Call of the Shofar)

Kol Ha'shofar (Call of the Shofar)

The Shofar, or ram’s horn, is one of the world’s oldest musical instruments with multiple mentions in the Old Testament. The Jewish community continues use of the Shofar to this day; it plays a central role in the observance of the Jewish high holidays including Rosh Hashanah (the New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). The Ba’al Tekiah, or practitioner of the instrument, is a specialist and held in high regard by the Jewish community. In this 1957 recording, David M. Hausdorff demonstrates the instrument’s basic sounds, rhythms, and combinations in addition to reciting the Jewish prayers, in Hebrew, associated with an instrument that continues to induce excitement and wonder.

Track Listing

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Calls and Laws of the Shofar David Hausdorff 1:52
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The Three Shofar Sounds David Hausdorff 4:45
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Excerpts from High Holy Day Prayers Concerning Shofar David Hausdorff 3:02
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Laws and Interpretations of Shofar Soundings David Hausdorff 5:08
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Cycle of 10 Calls During Additional Service David Hausdorff 0:36
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Cycle of 10 Calls at Conclusion of Service David Hausdorff 0:57
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Blessing and Torah Reading for Sabbath David Hausdorff 2:12
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Reading for High Holy Days David Hausdorff 1:35
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Blessings and Haftorah Reading David Hausdorff 3:58
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The Reading of the Song, Crossing of the Red Sea David Hausdorff 0:34
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Song of Songs (Passover) David Hausdorff 1:05
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Lamentations (Fast of the Ninth of Ab) David Hausdorff 1:38
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Ruth (Feast of Weeks) David Hausdorff 2:10
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Esther (Feast of Lots) David Hausdorff 1:35
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Ecclesiastes (feast of Tabernacles) David Hausdorff 1:12
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