Rosh Hashana: The Shofar, a Proclamation of Equality

Posted by Rahel Berkovits on September 2, 2018
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem: Weekly Parsha Podcast, Rosh Hashana


The text of the Torah states that Rosh Hashana should be a day of blasting–yom teruah–however, the verses do not specify what type of instrument should be sounded to create the teruah sound. From where do the Rabbis learn that it is, in fact, a shofar that is blown as the central ritual of the day? What can we learn to enhance our understanding of Rosh Hashana from the comparison the Rabbis make between the holiday and the Jubilee year? What is the interplay between our relationship with God and our relationship with other people?  

This podcast episode is sponsored by Pardes alumna Judith Sherman Russell (Fall 2011) in honor of the Faculty of Pardes and all of the Torah learning they inspire.

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About Rahel Berkovits

Rahel teaches Mishnah, Talmud and Halakha at Pardes. She has spent many years studying Talmud and Jewish texts in both traditional and academic frameworks at Midreshet Lindenbaum, The Shalom Hartman Institute, and Hebrew University in both the Talmud and Jewish education departments. In 2015, Rahel completed her studies at Beit Midrash Har’el and received ordination from Rabbi Herzl Hefter and Rabbi Daniel Sperber. Click here to read more.

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