Te-ki-ah. The onomatopoeia of the word instantly brings to mind the sounds of the shofar, the Mussaf service and the celebration of a Jewish new year. The ram's horn (shofar) is the original trumpet of ancient times; used to signal battle, victory, loss, prayer, the promise of the messiah and, of course, Rosh Hashanah.
The sound and its deep connection to Jewish history has also inspired many musical contemplations on the holidays and beyond. Leonard Bernstein used the sound to open West Side Story. Composers like Hugo Weisgall, David Stock and Herman Berlinski used the motif liturgically and figuratively to frame narratives rooted in (but not always limited to) Jewish traditions.
This Rosh Hashanah, we want to help you ring in (or tekiah in) the new year with the sounds of the shofar in your home.
The giveaway is completely free to enter above! Winners will be randomly selected and announced on September 23rd.