Read during Shofar Service 1st Day Rosh Hashana)
The Call of the Shofar
How many words we hear today and every day -
the words in our minds,
the words others speak,
the seemingly endless flow of thoughts, ideas, dreams, and visions.
But it is the call of the Shofar,
the focused sound of breath,
spiraling through nature’s instrument,
that shatters our assumptions,
blasts away our misgivings,
and warns us of our pride.
It is the sound of the Shofar,
sometimes struggling to be heard,
that calls us to remember
our Creator and our Creation.
It is the sound of the Shofar that takes us back, back, back,
before words and time,
to the primordial collective memory
of the Compassionate One who conceives us all.
horn of the ram that was sacrificed
in place of Isaac,
on the altar of divine service,
calls to us
in celebration, in warning, in revelation.
The Shofar calls us together
to break, and then heal, our hearts,
to open our eyes.
We stand together,
at the foot of Sinai Mountain,
and see the sound of the Shofar.
As one people, one mind, one breath,
we witness the Aleph of Anokhi,
born through silence
into a world of possibility.
Our descendants pass before us as bridges of hope.
Our ancestors extend behind us as streams of wisdom.
We stand in Your Light,
trembling with awe,
aware that the choices we make ripple through innocent generations.
Hear now, Source of Blessing,
we surrender judgment, blame and fear,
and offer the vessels of our own bodies as Shofarot,
inviting the Breath of Life to sing through us.