A History of Illegal Shofar Blowing

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Did you know that when the British were in charge of Palestine it was illegal to blow a shofar or bring a Torah scroll to the Western Wall? If you did it, you would be arrested. But every year, some brave young kids would sneak shofars to the Western Wall, and blow them at the conclusion of Yom Kippur, risking their freedom in the process.

Check out this video about the illegal shofar blowing in the years before Israel became a state, and watch the group of teenagers–now old men–return to the Kotel together, and blow the shofar again. It’s long, but it actually gave me goosebumps. Worth watching.

Posted on September 14, 2010

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One thought on “A History of Illegal Shofar Blowing

  1. Joel Katz

    “Did you know that when [Israel] was in charge of [Israel] it was illegal [for women] to blow a shofar or bring a Torah scroll to the Western Wall? If you did it, you would be arrested. But every year, some brave [women] would sneak shofars to the Western Wall, and blow them at the conclusion of Yom Kippur, risking their freedom in the process.

    Check out this video about the illegal shofar blowing in the years [after] Israel became a state, and watch the group of [women]–now old [women]–return to the Kotel together, and blow the shofar again. It’s long, but it actually gave me goosebumps. Worth watching.”

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