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JDCC Rosh Hashana Holiday: A Season Of Opportunity And Tradition

On a lovely and very warm Saturday, September 7, 2002, sixty deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing family members including fifteen children and some out-of-towners came together for the JDCC Rosh Hashanah services at JDCC President Sharon Ann Dror's residence in Burbank, California.


Ask The Deaf Rabbi

kastorLet us welcome Rabbi David Kastor. He is deaf, resides in Maryland. He re¬ceived his Rabbinic semicha (degree) from Ner Yisrael Rabbicial College in Baltimore specializ¬ing in general Torah issues. He is married to Tchia and they have 4 children, Odeya, Binyamin, Shifra and Bracha. Rabbi David will be happy to answer any questions relating to Judaism that you may have. His email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . He will also do Introduction to Judaism 101 column.


Introduction to Judaism 101

Purpose & Reason for the Use of Shofar

Some interesting thoughts for you.

1) What is the shofar? It is the ram's horn to blow on Rosh Hashanah and the shape of ram is curve.

2) Why ram, not goat? G-d said "Blow before Me a ram's horn so that I may remember about the binding of Issac, the son of Avraham as if you had bound yourself before Me."

3) What if we don't have a shofar? The Jewish law says that we are not allowed to use different kind of horn such as goat. We only have to use ram's horn.

4) Why blow shofar? To celebrate the anniversary of the creation of the world.

5) How many blows are necessary? Ashkenaz ¬100; Sephardic - 101; Yeminite - 41.

6) What kind of sound from shofar? Tekia - 1 long blast; Shevarim - 3 short blasts; Teruah- 9 short fast blasts.



This Month's Video

Irina, our event coordinator, shares the exciting updates of the #DeafChanukah event in this video!

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