This is a question for our Jewish friends on the SDMB, or folks who are well versed in Judaica. (Did I say that right?)
I have gotten into the shofar. Literally. Despite being a gentile-christian type.
I have always been fascinated by them when I have listened to synagogue services which are broadcast in our area (one of the local radio stations regularly features a broadcast during holy days), and seeing them in pictures etc. I also am interested in the connection between them and the “trumpets” of the bible.
I have collected two shofars. One is a ram’s horn, a little curley thing. The other is a longer horn, more straight with a slight curve and twist. I have been able to authenticate through the sellers of both that they were made in Isreal.
I play them, and can produce some interesting sounds, but I was a professional trombone player at one time in my life, so the physical aspects aren’t a problem.
But are there any materials available on playing the shofar? Its history? Proper use? Care and upkeep? Is there a particularly prescribed way to play the shofar? (like a method book or something?)
Thanks in advance for any advice or information.
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