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 (shō′fär′, -fər)
n. pl. sho·fars or sho·froth (shō-frōt′, -frōs′) Judaism
A trumpet made of a ram's horn, blown by the ancient Hebrews during religious ceremonies and as a signal in battle, now sounded in the synagogue during Rosh Hashanah and at the end of Yom Kippur.

[Hebrew šôpār, ram's horn, shofar; akin to Akkadian sappāru, šappāru, fallow deer, and sappartu, tip of an animal's horn, from Sumerian šegbar, fallow deer.]


(ˈʃəʊfɑː; Hebrew ʃɔˈfar) or


n, pl -fars, -phars, -froth or -phroth (Hebrew -ˈfrɔt)
(Judaism) Judaism a ram's horn sounded in the synagogue daily during the month of Elul and repeatedly on Rosh Hashanah, and by the ancient Israelites as a warning, summons, etc
[from Hebrew shōphār ram's horn]


(ˈʃoʊ fər; Heb. ʃɔˈfɑr)

n., pl. -fars, Heb. -froth, -frot (-ˈfrɔt)
a ram's horn used as a wind instrument, sounded in Biblical times as a signal and in modern times at synagogue services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
[1860–65; < Hebrew shōphār]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shofar - an ancient musical horn made from the horn of a ramshofar - an ancient musical horn made from the horn of a ram; used in ancient times by the Israelites to sound a warning or a summons; used in synagogues today on solemn occasions
horn - an alarm device that makes a loud warning sound
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Turning her flock's horns into shofars is part of God's plan, says Lewinsky, who calls herself a "traditional and God-fearing Jew.
The Women of Temple Chai Judaica Shop will stock honey bowls, challah covers, shofars, Shabbat candles, candlestick holders and hostess gifts for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
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And so with the cries of our shofars, we beseech the Creator to have pity and plead for mercy on behalf of the poor and the destitute, on behalf of the worker and the migrant, on behalf of the enslaved and the oppressed, and on behalf of the wealthy who exploit, enslave and oppress, that they may come to repent and be redeemed.
Complete with conch shells, shofars, didjeridoos, natural horns, and an alphorn, the show entertained a sold-out audience at the First Presbyterian Church in Kirkwood.
We can only imagine how the sounding of the shofars affected the Canaanite guards on the walls of the city.
The Chief Rabbi's office is warning Jews to beware of buying non-kosher shofars (ram's horns) for the celebration of the New Year.
1) At Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School, students sound their shofars - rams' horns - before school starts Thursday to signal the beginning of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year.
Its walls were presumably blown down by shofars, but Luther used the new term Posaune because it would not seem so "Semitic," according to our Posaunenspieler, and of course we get "trumpets" from the King James version of the Bible.
Some 15 women sounded shofars at the end, as is traditionally done in the month leading up to Rosh Hashanah.
They eat meat only from animals slaughtered in the kosher way, they circumcise their boys, and they play shofars made from kudu horns, just like the Yemenite Jews.
Above, a crowd checks out the shofars, or ram's horns, which are blown in synagogues during Jewish holidays.