The sounding of the shofar announces Rosh Hashanah, a celebration of the Jewish New Year—this year beginning Sunday evening and ending tomorrow evening. Much of the day is spent in synagogue with morning prayers for the new year and readings from the Torah. The blasts of the shofar follow the readings of the Torah, including Genesis 21:1–34, describing God’s remembrance of Sarah’s prayer and the birth of her and Abraham’s son, Isaac, and Genesis 22:1–24, when God instructs Abraham to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Moriah. It’s a time of festivals, prayer, and resting from work; a time to celebrate a new year and the beginning of the High Holy Days in the Jewish tradition!
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