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How To Blow a Shofar

Watch more How to Celebrate Jewish Holidays videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to blow a shofar on Jewish holy days with these easy, step-by-step instructions. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Wet your lips and blow Moisten your lips and position the mouthpiece at the right corner of your lips. With your lips tightly pursed, vibrate them in the same way you would to blow a raspberry. Tip If no sound comes out, practice with your lips against the palm of your hand, or try holding the shofar against a different part of your lips. Step 2: Learn the four sounds Learn the four distinct sounds made with the shofar at various points in Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. Tip There are many variations of each of the four sounds. Step 3: Blow a tekiah Practice how to blow a _tekiah_, a three-second sustained blast that ends abruptly on a high note. Step 4: Blow a shevarim Now learn the _shevarim_, three one-second notes that rise in tone that each end on a higher note. Step 5: Blow a teruah Train yourself to blow 13 short, staccato sounds that resemble an alarm, known as a _teruah_. Step 6: End with tekiah gdolah Learn how to do the _tekiah gdolah_, a final blast that lasts at least 10 seconds. Did You Know? Used in biblical times to proclaim the anointing of a new king, the shofar is now played on certain holy days to symbolize the prophet Hosea's call to "blow the shofar in Zion" and return to God.
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