October 4, 2014
Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon, Temple Emanu-El, Tucson, AZ
Traditionally in the month of Elul before Rosh HaShanah we blow shofar every day, except on Shabbat, to remind ourselves of the urgent need we all have to do teshuvah, to return and repent our misdeeds in the past year. The sound of the shofar is powerful, primal, stirring, and unique.
However, over the course of the months of Elul and Tishrei I have blown shofar 50 or 60 times at various services, classes, and programs. Embracing my inner Satchmo, my inner Louis Armstrong, I have now blown shofar at every Hebrew and Religious School session for a month, in each Zohar Study Group, at every Taste of Judaism class, at each staff meeting, Temple Board meeting, Adult Education Academy meeting, Ritual Committee and Bilgray Lectureship Committee meeting, before we lit candles at the start of Shabbat services each Friday night, at every Project Elul morning event I led—twice a week for four-plus weeks—at Shofar Choir practice, with ECE preschool children age 2, with older adults age 92.