Shofar, so good

ByLOREN MINSKY/ ITRAVELJERUSALEM.COM TEAM
September 18, 2011 14:59

Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem will play host to the first Flashmob event utilizing a shofar.




Blowing the shofar

Rabbi blowing shofar 520. (photo credit:Ariel Jerozolimski)

On Sunday evening, the first ever Flashmob event utilizing a shofar is happening in Jerusalem and cities around the world including New York and Budapest. A modern invention, a Flashmob is a group of people who mobilize on short notice to perform a collective action. This particular one is coming together as a statement, a call for teshuvah (return) in the spirit of the month of Elul and a form of public art.

Organized by Art Kibbutz, the group will gather at Ben Yehuda Street for a two-minute shofar blowing and participants will be able to try their hand at using the instrument. The gathering will be synchronized with other FlashMob teams around the world, and will then be documented and incorporated into a creative Rosh Hashana electronic greeting card. The shofar-blowing will be preceded by experimental live Jazz by Rabbi Itzchak Marmorstein of HaOrot and his musician friends performing Rav Kook’s Shofar poem.

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For those in the mood for a quieter intellectual pursuit, head to Agnon House in Talpiot for a fascinating lecture at Agnon House presented by Rabbi Jeffrey Saks of webyeshiva.org. Explore Shai Agnon's best-selling book Days of Awe and other tales featuring the High Holidays. Discussions and readings will be in English with reference to the original Hebrew text. For those unable to make it to Agnon House, there is also a simultaneous, interactive online broadcast via WebYeshiva.org.

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