In preparation for the Jewish new year, children and their families will craft their very own ram's horn instrument, known as "Shofar" in Hebrew, at Chabad-Lubavitch's "Shofar Factory".
The children--with appropriate adult supervision--will help to cure, measure, saw, drill, and polish a real ram's horn to transform it into a working Shofar instrument. When the horns are complete, participants will learn how to perform the traditional sequence of notes sounded on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year.
Chabad's "Shofar Factory" will be held on September 10th, at Mansfield Holiday inn from 4:00-5:00pm.The event plus a craft is three dollars and only ten dpollars to make your own Shofar and is open to the entire community.
The Shofar is the central symbol of Rosh Hashanah. The horn is sounded as part of the Rosh Hashanah service to indicate the sovereignty of the Divine and to call people to repentance. Indeed, hearing it sounded is the only biblical commandment associated the holiday. The Shofar is one of the most ancient instruments in the world, and is associated with many cardinal events in Jewish history, such as Abraham's binding of Isaac and the receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai.
For more about the Jewish New Year please go to: www.JewishMansfield.com/HighHolidays, and for more about Shofar please go to: www.JewishMansfield.com/4837
The Shofar Factory is one of many Chabad programs, which links Jewish learning to Jewish practice through a series of creative, hands-on experiences.
"Studies have shown that children absorb more when they are actively engaged in the educational process, than simply listening to a lecture in the classroom," remarked Rabbi Yossi Kivman "This is why Chabad has instituted these workshops, which offer a multi-sensory approach to Jewish learning. Our goal is to encourage Jewish kids and their families to enjoy and appreciate Judaism by offering fun and positive educational experiences. In the case of the ram's horn we hope the activity will encourage children to explore and practice the Jewish New Year."