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MIDEAST ISRAEL JEWISH NEW YEAR

Location: TEL AVIV, Israel
September 13, 2012

Avraham Ribak produces a shofar at his shofar factory in Tel Aviv, Israel, 13 September 2012. The shofar is used mainly on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It is blown in synagogues to mark the end of the fast at Yom Kippur, and blown at four particular occasions in the prayers on Rosh Hashanah. The expert who blows (or ‘blasts’ or ‘sounds’) the shofar is termed the Tokea (lit.: ‘Blaster’) or Ba’al Tekia (lit.: ‘Master of the Blast’). Qualifications include someone who is learned in Torah and God-fearing.

Credit: EPA
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