"G-d has ascended with a blast, the L-rd with the voice of the shofar."
(Psalms 47:6)

"Blow the shofar at the new moon, at the time appointed for our festive day."
(Psalms 81:4-5)

"Praise Him with the blast of the shofar" (Psalms 150:3)

"Praise Him with the blast of the shofar" (Psalms 150:3)

"And on the third day, while morning, that there were voices and lightning, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the shofar was very loud; and all the people in the camp trembled." (Exodus 19:16)

"And when the voice of the shofar grew very strong, Moses spake, and G-d answered him by a voice." (Exodus 19:19)

"And all the people saw the voices and the flames, and the voice of the shofar, and the mountain was smoking, and the people saw, and trembled, and stood from afar." (Exodus 20:15)

As previously noted, the shofar, which lies still until the breath is projected through it, brings us back to our own origin - the breathing of life by G-d into Adam - the first man. The shofar would later be sounded on joyous occasions at the Holy Temple, as seen by the citations above from the book of Psalms. It was at the very onset of the Divine revelation at Mount Sinai, when G-d presented His people with the Torah, that the sound of the shofar was heard, marking the covenant between G-d and His people. So too is the blowing of the shofar on Rosh Hashana reminiscent of the binding of Isaac, where G-d provided a ram, who was caught in the thicket by his horn - the shofar - as a sign of G-d's promise to Abraham that "I will establish My covenant with him (Isaac) for an everlasting covenant for his seed after him." (Genesis 17:19)

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