Sound Bites: The Purity of Its Sound
“By His breath the heavens were spread – ‘shifra’ – His hand fashioned the earth-girding serpent.” (Job 26:13) Shifra – spread – shares the same root as Shofar. The Malbim believes that “Shifra” means more than to expand: “As the waters spread they purify the heavens, wash away the clouds, and allow the sky to expand.” Shifra is to expand through cleansing and purification.
The Shofar reminds us we must purify ourselves in order to expand and take full advantage of the potential offered by God as we prepare for Rosh Hashanah.
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