Repost: A Rosh Hashanah memory with my Dad

This would have been in the mid eighties or so. Dad was in Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, MD. I don't remember why. It might have been endocarditis, it might have been back trouble. It was Rosh Hashanah, Jewish new year. He shared a room with some guy.

So I'm visiting him and the guy who leads services at his DC-area pickup congregation, David, walks in carrying a briefcase. Dad can't attend services. Dad wasn't religious but he was very heavily Jewishly identified. Well, there's an important mitzvah (commandment) that usually takes place at services, but....

David snaps open the case. He hands me a holiday Siddur, a prayer book, open to a particular page. He hands me a yarmulke (skullcap). He then pulls out a Shofar, a ram's horn. "Call," he says. So I do.

"Tekiah" and he blows a blast. A Shofar sounds a little like a somewhat raw-sounding and sloppy bugle with a little siren thrown in.
"Shvarim" and he blows three ascending tones
"T'ruah" and he blows nine rapid tones.
"Tekiah," etc.

He finishes, puts it all away "Gut yuntif" (good holiday - Yiddish), "l'shanah tovah" (to a good year, Hebrew),whatever. And he leaves.

I still wonder about the roommate, laying there in a Catholic hospital, watching this.


Added later: a video showing what shofar sounds like, including the calling

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0jR20-0sy1Y

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on September 14, 2015 at 12:20pm

really good

Comment by koshersalaami on September 14, 2015 at 12:39pm
Silver Spring
Silver Springs is in Florida

Thanks
Comment by JMac1949 Today on September 14, 2015 at 12:45pm

Tradition!! ;-)

Comment by koshersalaami on September 14, 2015 at 12:56pm
Yup

Today in Temple I listened to the usual shofar choir which is so cacophonous it's funny
Comment by nerd cred on September 14, 2015 at 6:13pm

There's a Silver Springs in PA, too.

Catholics, with all their ritual, got no call to look funny at Jews blowing horns.

Comment by koshersalaami on September 14, 2015 at 7:59pm
I just added a link to what the shofar sounds like at the end of the post. Not usually quite this pretty.
Comment by JMac1949 Today on September 14, 2015 at 8:27pm

That Youtube was extraordinary.  Not a lot of folks can get that kind of sound from a ram's horn.  ;-)

Comment by koshersalaami on September 14, 2015 at 8:28pm
Yeah, I know
Comment by Carole Dixon on September 15, 2015 at 9:17am
The Jewish rituals are so very old and powerful. This is a beautiful memory. Thanks for sharing it.

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