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
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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