Traditionally there are
certain patterns of sounds that are used in blowing the Shofar. These
have been handed down through various sources in Judaism and vary
according to local customs and interpretations. Do not be bound by
these patterns as the only way to sound the Shofar. Simply be aware of
them and use them if that is what the Ruach haKodesh (Holy
you to sound.
¯1. The first sound
is called the Tekyiah (T’kiyah).
It can consist of one note (or
blast) or it can be a low note near the fundamental tone of the horn
that raises quickly about 3 notes higher. Finally, it can even be
finished by a note that is a full octave higher.
Contrary to what is expected, it does not take a great deal of air to
blow a Shofar. The secret is the vibration of the lips (a minimum of 16
vibrations per second) that creates the vibration of air in the horn.
The higher notes are obtained by tightening the lips.
2. The second sound
is called the Shevarim (Sh’varim).
It consists of three blasts
that are from the fundamental low to the next note up. Great playing
Shofars are ones that will produce three notes with relative ease. Some
Shofars (for various reasons) may produce only two notes and poor ones
only one note. Each horn will have its own “voice” and sound in many
keys. The texture of the finish, size, length and the diameter of the
mouthpiece opening will vary the sound of the horn.
It suggests saying: 'Sleeping ones! Awaken from your
sleep! Slumbering ones! Awaken from your slumber! Examine your deeds.
Remember your Creator and return to your God! "Repentance"! (See also
3. The third
called the Teruah (T’ruah, teruwah).
Acclamation of joy or a battle-cry; especially clangor of trumpets, as
an alarum: alarm, blowing of the trumpets; joy, jubilee, loud-noise,
rejoicing, shout (high, joyful) sounds! The same word is used for the
“Shout” that is made with the voice! It was the “shout” of the
combined with the “shout” of the people that brought down the walls of
The Teruah as the “short blasts of alarm” is specified in (Numbers 10:9) And if ye
go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresses you, then ye
shall blow an alarm with the trumpets (Shofars); and ye shall be
remembered before the Lord your God, and ye shall be saved from your
There is another
fourth blast called the Tekyiah Gadollah (Great Tekyiah).
consider a fourth sound but it is simply a tekyiah held as long as
breath lasts or is appropriate. Some Shofar blowers can hold a note
for over a minute! (which also will occur at the Rapture!)
There is a difference of opinion in the Talmud as to whether the Teruah
or the Shevarim was sounded in the Temple. As usual, the Rabbis
compromised and both were considered valid. On Rosh Hashanah the shofar
is sounded 100 times with all the traditional forms. This is done to
make sure that the Shofar is blown often enough and with the proper
sounds to satisfy God! How easy to be caught up in legalisms! Be
sensitive to the inspiration of
the Ruach (Spirit)
and use the horn as you would use your voice as an instrument of praise! (Source:
Author: Dominick Zangla; http://www.shofars.org/)
Shortly about Dominick Zangla
Dominick Zangla is a spirit-filled born-again Messianic Believer who
gave his life to the Lord in 1974. His calling from YHVH was evident
from the very beginning. He was called to serve in the office of
In the last few years YHVH led Dominick into a deep search into the
"Jewish" roots of his faith. During this time, as he sat in a Messianic
synagogue, YHVH called him as a watchman and as an evangelist.
Subsequently YHVH has raised him up to teach on the Shofar (Jewish
biblical trumpet and ram’s horn), Tallit (Prayer Shawl) and the "Feasts
of the Lord" (Lev. 23) and
how they relate to the return of
Yahshua (Jesus). Over
time his office of teacher was transformed into the calling as a
“rabbi”. Prepare the Way is an apostolic ministry, the result of YHVH's
call to help restore these “Hebraic” truths to the body of believers.
"We stand in the gap between Jew and Non-Jew and serve the Body in
finding its identity as One New Man, co-heirs and fellow citizens in the
commonwealth of Israel".
Through Dominick's teachings the life and times of
Yahshua haMoshiach (Jesus the Christ)
will come alive for you. Your desire to know Him, and about Him, will
deepen. Many people have had their love for the Scriptures rekindled
under his teaching.
A first-generation American, native of New York of Sicilian descent,
Dominick has resided in Southeast, Georgia since 1983. He is the father
of 5 children.