BLOWING THE SHOFAR is Alex Knopf, senior at UW-Madison majoring in chemical engineering. Announcing the shofar blast notes is Rabbi Andrea Steinberger.


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Types of Shofar Blasts
The following blasts are blown on Rosh Hashanah:


  • Tekiah (תקיעה‎) is a single long blast of the shofar.
  • Shevarim (שברים‎) is composed of three connected short sounds.
  • Teruah (תרועה‎) - in most Sephardic and Ashkenazi traditions, this is a string of many short-lived, broken blasts made by the tongue (e.g. tut-tut-tut-tut, etc.). In the Yemenite, Tunisian and Babylonian Jewish communities, it is a single long, reverberating blast.
  • It is customary for the last tekiah in a set of 30, and the last tekiah blown overall on a day of Rosh Hashanah, to be extended in length, called a tekiah gedolah ("great tekiah").


The shofar blasts follow a prescribed pattern:

  • tekiah-shevarim-teruah-tekiah
  • tekiah-shevarim-tekiah
  • tekiah-teruah-tekiah


Source Cited: "Shofar blowing." Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shofar_blowing, Accessed September 2, 2020