The sound of the shofar is designed to wake us up. Not just physically (although, for some, who don’t get much out of services, it serves that purpose, as well), but spiritually. The shofar calls us to awaken to the world, to our selves, to the possibility that exists in the world to come.
But there are certainly other sounds this time of year that call us. This year, I think of: the sounds of children returning to school, the sounds of souls moaning as their homes and community are flooded, the sounds of voices joining in shouts for justice, the sounds of women trying to pray at Judaism’s holiest spot and drown out by whistles, the sounds of love drowning out the hatred of those who march in the name of bigotry, the sounds of people just trying to do their best, the sounds of people engaged in conversation.
I invite you this month, to hear the sound of someone who sounds different from you. Maybe they are from a different background. Maybe they look different. Maybe they speak a different language. Maybe they believe differently. But, maybe, you can hear each other–and you can learn from each other. And, together, you can create a new sound–that ushers in a new age of a different kind of peace.
Perhaps that can be what the shofar calls to us this year.