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    Overcome with an ache

    Every weekday morning during the month of Ellul the shofar is sounded at the end of the service. It is one of the means of preparation for the imminent coming of Rosh HaShanah.

    Having not heard the shofar for many months the eerie cry of Teki’ah, Shevarim, Teru’ah, Teki’ah, sends shivers through us. Only weeks are left before the Days of Awe.

    All of a sudden we are overcome with an ache: the shofar says (if there is such a phrase), “Ache up!” Teki’ah says, “Wake up!” Shevarim says, “Break up (into remorse).” Teru’ah says, “Take up (your tears).” Teki’ah says, “Make up (with God).”

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