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(photo credit: Courtesy Beilinson)
A 57-year-old man who used to blow the shofar in his synagogue until he was 17
years old, when he suffered serious lung damage in a prank played on him,
succeeded this week to blow the ram’s horn again for the first time.
was made possible after rehabilitation at the Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson
campus in Petah Tikva, where a new lung disease center was dedicated
Meir Tzan’ani suffered serious damage to his respiratory system
when someone threw sulphur into fire near him and his lungs were severely burnt
from inside. He underwent a lung transplant at Beilinson eight years ago as his
health declined, but his lungs weren’t strong enough to blow air into the
After rehabilitation at the new center, headed by
Prof. Mordechai Kramer, he was able to blow the shofar in the hospital
for the first time in 40 years.
“My brother and two of my uncles blow the
shofar. It’s in my genes,” said Tzan’ani.
“Until the transplant, I had to
be connected to a respiratory 24 hours a day, so I am very glad now to do
Kramer noted that blowing a ram’s horn involves a major
respiratory effort, with large lung capacity and strong muscles in the chest.