Sound Bites: The Voice of Eternity
The right horn of the ram offered by Abraham will be used as the Shofar of Redemption. (Pirkei D’Rabbi Eliezer, Chapter 31.) We blow the Shofar on Rosh Hashana to recall the merit of Abraham’s great deed, which happened on Rosh Hashana, and to mention the promised Redemption.
Nachmanides (Exodus 19:13) asks: “how the horn could still exist to be used at Sinai and the Redemption, if Abraham offered the ram as an Olah – Burnt Offering?” He answers that perhaps God gathered the ashes of the horn and restored it to its original state.
Nachmanides sees a hint of the Resurrection of the Dead in the Shofar. The original Shofar, although consumed by fire, was restored.
The Shofar speaks of many great things, but perhaps we can add the idea of God rebuilding and recreating even those things, or people, who have been consumed by life, and have lost their spiritual form.
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