Purim occurs as winter is melting into spring. Parkas are shed, windows are flung open, and people re-encounter each other on the street. Celebrants wear costumes, make mishloach manot (in Yiddish – shalach mones) – baskets of special treats for neighbors and friends, give gifts to the poor and enjoy a holiday meal. Some people have called Purim the Jewish Mardi Gras.
For many, the highlight of the Rosh Hashanah morning service is hearing the shofar, the ram’s horn. But what meaning do we find as we listen to the blasts of the shofar? Over the centuries, creative Jewish teachers have shared their ideas. Here’s mine: