The Science of Shofar

How our body’s reaction to hearing the shofar’s blast primes us for real change.

ScienceOfShofar230x150-ENby  Yvette Alt Miller

Each day of Rosh Hashanah, our synagogue services are punctuated by a hundred calls from the shofar, a ram’s horn that reverberates with a distinctive, alarm-like cry.

The shofar’s rousing blast speaks to us more intensely than words ever can. It’s a personal call to each of us to wake up and use the opportunity of Rosh Hashanah to change.

Modern science has documented the physical responses human beings undergo when we’re subjected to loud, resonant sounds such as the shofar.

Sometimes called the “fight or flight” response, the physical changes we undergo when confronted with a sudden, urgent alarms helps us deal with immediate threats. During Rosh Hashanah, these changes can help us see the world differently, giving us a different perspective and helping us see areas where we need to grow.

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