Volume 31 Issue 28 09 Sep 2022 13 Elul 5782

Ma Koreh

Adam Carpenter – Head of Jewish Life Primary

Morah Erika and Morah Jenny have been busy with their Year 1 Hebrew classes thinking about the meaning and significance of the shofar. As we enter the month of Elul, the shofar is sounded each morning as a reminder to begin thinking about the year that has been and how we can become better, kinder people in the coming year.

During Havdalah on Monday morning I blew the shofar for the students as Morah Bar-On asked the students what they should think about when they hear the shofar. We have been learning that the word shofar שׁוֹפָר is connected to the word לְשַׁפֵּר – which means ‘to improve’.

As we journey through the month of Elul, hearing the שׁוֹפָר as we approach Rosh Hashanah, the sounds of the shofar serve to jolt us from our everyday activities so we can לְשַׁפֵּר – think about what it means to improve ourselves, our relationships and our world.