The Voice of the Shofar
by Ephraim Kalish, ,
At first, first, it may appear that God made a mistake in giving too much talent to Jews scattered all over the world. And it may seem that He didn't take into account His own promise to bring them all back to Israel, because there are a large number of artists and musicians living in Israel proportionate to the small population.
The Holy Scriptures say that God never makes mistakes, which means that He did exactly what He intended to do. In ancient times, when the people of Israel were building the Tabernacle in the desert, and later the Temple in Jerusalem, He needed many talented Israelites. Today, those who are able to create beautiful things, to do wonderful works demonstrating the glory of God, can be greatly used by the Holy Spirit to touch many people's hearts in a very special way - not only in Israel, but all over the world.
"Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fullness? For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?" (Romans 11:12, 15)
Ephraim Kalish and his wife Ivetta are among the creative artists that God has brought back to Israel. Ephraim has recently produced a new movie called The Voice of the Shofar. The movie tells about the shofar, one of the most ancient musical instruments mentioned in the Bible. This simple instrument was chosen by God Himself. The voice of the shofar sounds throughout the Bible, from the book of Genesis to Revelation. What can we hear in its voice? Why did the psalmist write, "Blessed are the people, who know the voice of the Shofar," (Psalm 89:15) and what is the meaning of the Feast of Trumpets - Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year?
"On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts" (Leviticus 23:24). Why did the Creator choose the shofar to proclaim His will from heaven? Why did He not choose other musical instruments that make more harmonious sounds than that of the shofar?
All these questions are answered in the film The Voice of the Shofar. A few well known stories are analyzed: the sacrifice of Isaac, the destruction of Jericho's walls, the Torah-giving on Mount Sinai and the meaning of the year of Jubilee. They are presented from different points of view and in each one, the symbolic meaning of the shofar is explained. In addition, the prophetic meaning of God's commandment to blow the shofar is explored in depth.
Amos 3:6-8 says "If a trumpet [shofar] is blown in a city, will not the people be afraid? If there is calamity in a city, will not the Lord have done it? Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?"
Through the stories presented in the film, three ancient Hebrew words for horn are examined from the original Hebrew text of the Bible: keren, yovel and shofar. Each name reveals a specific character and specific purpose for this musical instrument.
Ephraim Kalish: "The understanding and revelations came to me from our Heavenly Father. This film would not be what it is without the awesome music composed especially for this project by Daniel Kruglov, an Israeli composer and friend of mine. I give special thanks to Moshe Morrison, my old friend and a man I greatly admire! It was he, with his amazing voice, who produced the English narration in spite of many difficulties."
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