REPRINTED FROM THE UNION OF REFORM JUDAISM’S: REFORMJUDAISM.org Ten Minutes of Torah Series
Part One: Don’t “Bury the Lead,” or Why We Have Placed the Shofar Service into Three Parts of the Service
The traditional High Holy Day prayer book, as opposed to the Reform versions produced in the last century and more, includes a service, musaf, that evokes the ancient sacrifices. Reform Judaism abandoned this service, due to its musty connotations of “barbarian” rites but a key element of this service on Rosh Hashanah, the sounding of the shofar was maintained. Sounding of the shofar was retained no doubt because the very essence of Rosh Hashanah is bound up in the peal of the shofar. Can you imagine Rosh Hashanah without it?